The National Park
Service (NPS) Public Health Program is partnering with the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct a survey exploring the
health of park visitors who travel in the backcountry. By BACKCOUNTRY
we mean those wilderness areas of the park that (1) require a permit to
enter, (2) are reached primarily by hiking, boating, or horseback, and
(3) lack most facilities and services. Only those people who traveled
in the backcountry at Yellowstone National Park between May 1, 2008 and
October 31, 2008 and whose names are listed on the backcountry permits
are eligible to participate in this survey. These people are being contacted
about the survey as they come to one of nine Yellowstone National Park
offices to get their backcountry permits.
Every year, many people enjoy visiting remote backcountry areas throughout
the United States. Unfortunately, people also become ill or injured while
traveling in the backcountry. However, even though illnesses and injuries
occur, little information is available about specific activities and situations
that increase the risk for these conditions.
The NPS Public Health Program and CDC are conducting this survey to help
identify these risks. This information will help the NPS Public Health
Program and CDC strengthen evidence-based guidelines for backcountry health
and sanitation practices. These guidelines will help protect future park
users from illness and injury while they enjoy their backcountry experiences.
If you have any questions about this study or your rights as a
participant please call:
National Park Service Public Health Program
Please call George Larsen at 307-344-2273 or Captain Charles Higgins at
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Study questions: Please call Dr. Sharon Roy at 770-488-4412
Your rights as a participant: Please call CDC's Deputy
Associate Director for Science at 1-800-584-8814 and leave a message including
your name and phone number. Say you are calling about the Division of
Parasitic Diseases' web-based survey of Yellowstone National Park Backcountry
Users (protocol # 4583). Someone will call you back as soon as possible.