The CDC has released an advisory to consider Hantaviral infections in patients with recent exposure to rodents or travel to Yosemite National Park between June-August 2012. Symptoms are non-specific and include fever/chills, cough, headaches, and GI symptoms. Cxray may show bilateral interstitial infiltrates, and the respiratory symptoms may progress quickly to respiratory failure. Treatment is supportive. More information can be found at the CDC website (CDC).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.