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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:52 pm 
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Looks like there is a nasty virus that some hikers on the Appalachian Trail have caught. Just wanted to get this out there in case any members are planning a trip. I didn't see any cautions about safety for water sources water in the article but I expect that should always be a priority. Be safe.

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http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20130410/OUTDOORS/304100043/Appalachian-Trail-hikers-stricken-virus?nclick_check=1

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:05 pm 
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CarolinaPeach wrote:
Looks like there is a nasty virus that some hikers on the Appalachian Trail have caught. Just wanted to get this out there in case any members are planning a trip. I didn't see any cautions about safety for water sources water in the article but I expect that should always be a priority. Be safe.

Mods - please feel free to relocate this if this was the incorrect area to post. Thanks.

http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20130410/OUTDOORS/304100043/Appalachian-Trail-hikers-stricken-virus?nclick_check=1

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Hey, I heard about this too. I have been following a few AT Thru hikers on Youtube, and one couple mentioned it in one of their videos. It seems to have started around Easter and they estimated that about 80% of the thru hikers who have been in or thru that area either had it already or are currently laid up with it. Fast forward to 4:01 for the nitty-gritty



Definately good head up, and if your out in that area you want to keep your hands clean, avoid direct contact with other hikers (touching, sharing food, or drinks) and I would not be sleeping in a group shelter, but in my tent. Also good call with the concern about water sources. Some hikers are good enough to not relieve themselves near a water source, but get an inconsiderate hiker or someone who simply has no control because they are that sick, and they could contaminate a water source for everyone else. Unless you are getting water directly from a bubbling spring, or you know for certain that your water treatment/filter will kill all viruses (which I personally would not trust) , I would filter and then boil any water coming from a natural source in that area.

Its a shame, between the unusually long winter weather and this virus, a lot of North bound thru hikers are having a real tough time this year.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:06 pm 
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Those hikers obviously had a bad time of it but I'm glad they're okay. Hopefully the numbers of those getting infected will drop as more people are made aware of the danger. I really feel for anyone who has had to deal with being sick like that while on a hike or camping trip (or anywhere away from home, for that matter).


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A buddy of mine did 50 miles on the AT in NC. Came down with what they thought was parasite 3 months later and his heart is acting weird. Never had a heart issue before, he's only 32.
Talked to him yesterday and a specialist says he been in contect with lyme disease. Thought is rather odd and ran accross this post. Very strange!

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