A 30-year-old woman from the city of Epuyén in Chubut died Sunday at the hospital in neighboring Esquel, bringing to five the number of Hanta virus deaths since the middle of the month when the health alert was declared by an outbreak of the disease in that region.
The official part of the health authorities indicates that the woman remained in the intensive care unit since December 22 and confirms that she died of hantavirus.
For the same disease, there are two other people in intensive care at Esquel hospital, a city located in the western province of Chubut, in the Andes mountain range.
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At the same health center, three other patients are admitted to an intermediate therapy room, so the total number of people affected is ten, including four deaths.
Hanta-virus is a disease that is transmitted by contact with infected urine, saliva and feces of infected rodents and also from person to person, by close contact with patients in the initial period of the febrile episode, between the first 48 and 72 hours.
The symptoms are fever, muscle aches, chills, headaches, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea and, at an advanced stage, respiratory discomfort.
The health authorities of Chubut reinforced the prevention tasks and extended the alert for 90 days, until next March, in the program area of Esquel.
They also reminded that this region "It is endemic, so it is an outbreak and not an epidemic" of the hanta virus.
They also recommended to the population and "extreme measures necessary to avoid contagion: keep the surroundings of the house and clean housekeeping, use bleach to disinfect and ventilate not less than an hour the environments that have remained closed for a long time".
In addition, they suggested carrying out rural tasks with appropriate clothing, shoes and respiratory protection with a beard or scarf and, in the case of camping, choose a location free of weeds and not sleep in direct contact with the grass.
"You should respect the instructions of the park guards, walk enabled trails and avoid places where there are weeds"they insisted.