Is it just me, or is this whole hantavirus thing being overplayed in the media or what? A 33% death rate is nothing to joke about, for sure. But in practically every hiking book I own, there is always a mention of hantavirus somewhere, and some of those hiking books are over 10 years old. I was up in Tuolumne when this whole hantavirus thing was going on, and I believe another person came down with it at one of the backcountry camps, but overall I feel like a lot of this is just media hype.
I mean... is there ANY evidence that more mice are becoming infected with the virus? Is there really an overwhelming cause for concern?
Can somebody with some type of scientific background chime in here? When I told my family from out of state, who were freaking out that I was even THINKING of going to Yosemite during the "outbreak," they were startled to find out that it has been present for a long time.
Seems like media hype to me....