The Ministry of Health of the province of Chubut recalled that the region is endemic and that the presence of this virus is an outbreak and not an epidemic.
A 72-year-old man from the city of Epuyén in Chubut has been confirmed as the fourth victim of hantavirus in Esquel hospital, while six others have been diagnosed, the provincial health ministry said.
According to confirmed the health portfolio of Chubut in a statement that there are already ten positive cases that were corroborated in the laboratory of the Malbrán Institute of Buenos Aires. The provincial authorities reinforced the prevention and awareness-raising tasks. In addition, they extended the health alert for 90 days in the Esquel program area.
The Ministry of Health of Chubut recalled that the region is endemic and that the presence of this virus is an outbreak and not an epidemic.
Authorities urged the population and tourists to take the necessary measures to prevent contagion, to keep the surroundings of the house and the sheds tidy and clean, to use bleach to disinfect and ventilate not less than an hour the rooms that have been closed for a long time
In addition, they suggested the accomplishment of rural tasks with clothes, suitable footwear and respiratory protection with beard or scarf; and in the case of camping, choose a place free of weeds and not sleep in direct contact with the grass; respect the indications of park guards, walk enabled paths, with appropriate clothing and footwear, avoiding places with weeds.
The disease is transmitted by contact with the urine, saliva and excreta of rodents infected by this virus and can also be transmitted from person to person, by close contact with patients in the initial period of fever, between the first 48 to 72 hours.
The symptoms of hantavirus are fever, muscle aches, chills, headaches, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea and advanced respiratory distress.