Health and Safety National Parks of the American West

Health and Safety National Parks of the American West

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Medicines and consultations

- Preservation in drugstores like Walgreens, Duane Reade, CVS, Rite Aid or Walgreens (some are open 24 hours a day). If you are looking for Doliprane, the most common trade name is Tylenol (paracetamol is called acetaminophen).
You will find contact details for physicians (on the Internet: “Clinics” or “Physicians and surgeons”). We repeat: private consultations are very expensive!


In the west of the country, various diseases, of which rodents are the reservoir of germs and insects the transmitting agents, are present, mainly in national parks.

Pulmonary syndrome hantavirus, rare but dangerous, is present in Yosemite Park. This virus, carried by the saliva, stool and urine of animals (especially mice), can be caught by breathing dust where it has passed.

If the Lyme disease (Lyme disease), transmitted by ticks during walks in the forests of the United States, it is fortunately rare in all of you. well, you can help you by a third party for the parts that are difficult to reach such as the back, the scalp ...
If in doubt, see a doctor quickly who will prescribe an antibiotic treatment of at least 3 weeks.

La West Nile virus disease (West Nile virus) and its dreaded complication, encephalitis, is also relatively rare in the West - apart from northern Colorado, California and, to a lesser extent, southern Arizona. It is transmitted by very common mosquito bites.

In any case, from May until the beginning of winter, it is advisable to avoid mosquito bites : even if they are not necessarily vectors of disease, they sometimes spoil the trip a bit! Remember to take effective repellents in your luggage (for example, the Insect Ecran range which exists in a cutaneous version but also in a soaking solution for clothes). Much more expensive on site than in France.

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In national parks, the only real risks are to come across a grizzly or a bison the West, because we can cross the trajectory of a wild animal, which happens more often than you might think: bison rarely cross on zebra crossings and moose jump without warning. Strictly obey the speed limits. If they are so low, it is precisely to reduce the risk of an accident in case an animal appears. There are between 15 and 20 bears struck by cars each year in parks, especially in Yosemite. At night, bison like to walk along roadsides. Avoid driving in the dark.

In all the parks, the rangers ensure everyone's safety and are there to advise you.

During hike estimated, recklessness leaving the marked trails. It is always astonishing to see tourists descend to the bottom of the Grand Canyon in flip-flops with a simple school gourd to quench their thirst!

Also watch out for bear who will not hesitate to use them in your tent and even in your car! It is also forbidden to leave food there at night.

In the Death Valley, this is the extreme heat which represents the major risk. Here too, the basic rules of common sense and respect for the advice given by the rangers are essential.

- In reserve are sometimes very far from each other ...

- In case of emergency, dial 911.

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