Norovirus circumstances reported at Grand Canyon; sick hikers rescued in Could

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A mountaineering journey to the Grand Canyon is not any time to return down with a critical sickness, however a Nationwide Park Service (NPS) warning says that is precisely what has occurred to some over the previous couple of months.

A warning about gastric sicknesses amongst Colorado River customers and backcountry campers signifies norovirus may very well be in charge.

“Signs embrace nausea, abdomen cramping/ache, vomiting, and diarrhea. These signs are in line with norovirus, and we have now confirmed norovirus from a minimum of one rafting journey,” in accordance with a Could 20 advisory on the Grand Canyon Nationwide Park web site.

The warning follows a Could 15 Fb submit that provides an account of a rescue within the canyon. Though a helicopter could not land to convey a gaggle of hikers out, rangers had been in a position to get water to the group and ensure that they had the they wanted to get to security help.

One ranger thanked a hiker named Kristi Key, who alerted authorities and helped rangers find the group. “Can I simply shake your hand and say thanks for doing this. Thanks for saving this man’s life,” one of many rescuers advised Key.

The submit stated norovirus had been rampant in Grand Canyon Village main as much as the incident.

The NPS advises that norovirus is contagious, and has posted directions on the best way to correctly filter water earlier than utilizing it within the wild.

NPS additionally advises:

  • In case you are in poor health or have been in poor health throughout the final 72 hours, don’t be part of a gaggle journey. For those who develop into sick, steer clear of others and preserve your distance from anybody in your group who’s in poor health.
  • Wash your palms recurrently, significantly earlier than and after utilizing the bathroom and earlier than consuming meals. Handwashing with potable or handled water and cleaning soap is preferable to utilizing hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer ought to have a minimum of 70% alcohol. Guarantee palms are appropriately dried with a clear paper towel.
  • Keep away from sharing meals and drinks and placing your palms into shared meals sources. Pour meals into particular person plates/bowls and don’t share meals, plates, cups, or utensils. Do not contact the nozzle of water dispensers.
  • Guarantee water shouldn’t be solely filtered, but additionally chemically disinfected, as point-of-use filters won’t take away norovirus out of your water. Alternatively, boil your water to a rolling boil for a minimum of one minute.
  • Throughout visits to water options all through the canyon (eg, waterfalls, swimming pools, streams, aspect canyons) don’t drink from non-potable water sources.
  • Use designated rest room areas when it’s good to use the toilet.

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