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Campers risk virus

FRESNO, Calif. -- About 1,700 people who stayed in tent cabins at Yosemite National Park this summer were warned Tuesday they may have been exposed to a deadly rodent-borne virus blamed for the deaths of two campers.

The Yosemite National Park email alerts warned of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, which can be carried in the urine, saliva and feces of infected deer mice.

Health officials learned this weekend of the second hantavirus death, which killed a person who visited the park in June, spokesman Scott Gediman said in a statement. The first death was reported earlier this month.

Two other infected people were expected to survive.

The disease can incubate for up to six weeks before flu-like symptoms develop. It's fatal in 30 per cent of all cases, and there is no specific treatment.

All of the at-risk visitors had stayed in the "Signature Tent Cabins" in the park's Curry Village. Yosemite officials warned those who stayed in the village's 408 canvas-sided and wood-sided cabins from mid-June through the end of August to beware of any symptoms of hantavirus, which can include fever, aches, dizziness and chills.

Arafat investigation

PARIS -- A judicial official has told the Sipa news agency French prosecutors have opened a murder investigation into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Suha Arafat filed a legal complaint in France after Arab satellite TV channel Al-Jazeera broadcast the results of an investigation into her husband's death. That included tests of objects that Suha said belonged to him.

Longstanding rumours in the Arab world have said Arafat was poisoned.

Accomplice freed

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- A woman who let two eight-year-old girls starve in a cellar and helped her pedophile husband carry out horrific abuse of other girls went from prison to a convent Tuesday, outraging Belgians who opposed the early release of one of the country's most despised criminals.

The nation's highest court approved Michelle Martin's release after serving 16 years of a 30-year prison term for her role in the mid-1990s kidnappings, rapes and killings by her then-husband, Marc Dutroux.

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 29, 2012 A8

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