Confirmed fourth hantavirus death in Chubut



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The death of a 72-year-old man from the town of Epuyén in Chubut was confirmed today as
the fourth hantavirus victim in the hospital of

Esquel

, while there are six other people with confirmed diagnosis, informed the Ministry of Health of the province.

The health portfolio

Chubut

reported this morning in a statement the fourth death from hantavirus and noted that there are already ten positive cases that were corroborated in the laboratory of the Malbrán Institute of Buenos Aires.

The provincial authorities reported reinforcements in the task of prevention and awareness and in the extension of the sanitary alert for 90 days in the programmatic area of ​​Esquel.

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 chinstrap or cloth; 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.

Agency Telam.

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