A 30-year-old woman from the town of Epuyén in Chubut died last night at Esquel hospital, bringing to five the number of fatal hantavirus deaths since mid-month when the health alert was declared due to an outbreak of the disease in that region.
The official part of the health authorities indicates that the woman was admitted to 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.
In the same health center, there are also three other patients in the intermediate therapy room.
Hantavirus, a viral disease transmitted by mice, is endemic in this area of Argentine Patagonia and cases have also been recorded in Chilean territories.