The Yellowstone norovirus outbreak has already infected at least 100 visitors and the problem continues to grow as CDC officials warn about the dangers associated with visiting the park. Yet, despite a high rate of infection, visitors to the park are allegedly not being properly warned about the dangers they could face.
Park visitor Louis Greenwald just returned from a trip to the park and three of his eight family members who visited were infected with the norovirus.
The recent park visitor took the time to tell The Inquisitr about his recent trip and the troubles it caused for his family. According to Mr. Greenwald:
“Hundreds of signs in Yellowstone warn motorists to not harm wild animals, but not a single sign warning human beings of a huge outbreak of the norovirus is present.”
Not only has Yellowstone’s operators failed to warn visitors throughout the park, they also allow visitors to pass through the parks gates without a word about the disease. Mr. Greenwald explains:
“Park employees readily accept payment of the park entrance fee and require just 20 seconds to inform of the dangers in the park, but fail to do so. Why couldn’t the rangers simply state, ‘There is an outbreak of norovirus, take the CDC precautions.'”
Once inside the park, visitors are no better off as employees at some of the parks most notable locations fail to mention the Yellowstone norovirus outbreak. Greenwald shares the following account of the viruses treatment by park employees:
“Management of the Old Faitfhful Inn tell guests about the norovirus outbreak only if queried if there is an epidemic or outbreak. And when asked why they don’t relate the dangers readily before they are asked, simply respond by saying, “the news is out there already”.
Greenwald then adds:
“What harm would it do to remind paying guests they are at risk of a serious disease or worse, death? Anyone visiting the park is mostly out of touch with news since television, radio, cell phone, internet and wi-fi are non-existent or difficult to use. I didn’t see one Television in Yellowstone”
The norovirus outbreak is especially worrisome because it is so easily transferable through direct contact with an already infected person, by touching contaminated surfaces, or by eating or drinking contaminated food and drinks.
Yellowstone’s failed attempts at warning visitors is surprising considering that Al Nash, a spokesman for Yellowstone National Park, recently declared, “It’s been almost a decade since we’ve seen anything on this scale here.”
As we reported yesterday, nearly 80,000 people in the United States contract norovirus every single year, and 800 people die of the disease.
Do you think the Yellowstone norovirus outbreak should be handled with a higher level of preparedness by Yellowstone staff?