Chubut's health minister, Adrián Pizzi, confirmed today new cases of hantavirus in the province, of which 13 were infected since the outbreak was detected in the mountain town of Epuyén, five of which were fatal.
According to Telam, the official said this morning that "the last patient who claimed to be a suspicious case on December 24 to Esquel hospital was confirmed positive for hantavirus after conducting the analysis, so the number of confirmed cases was 13."
This is a 27-year-old boy, a family member of someone who died of the plague, whose evolution has been confused by the health authorities because of the way it is spread, which is interpersonal and not through feces or urine "colilargo rat", as is known until now.
"So far 180 blood samples have been taken to analyze the potential affected and now 40 extractions will be added," Pizzi explained to Télam, who traveled earlier to the mountains to lead multidisciplinary group work.
Blood samples for analysis were brought to the residents of Epuyén who were at a party of 15 years in which outbreaks began in principle, which were added to this community at risk population of 4,000 residents, plus health workers involved. directly.
Sanitarian stressed that "everything available to deal with outbreaks is available" and thanked "the national government, Malbrán institutions, sister provinces and even Chilean specialists who worked together at the consultation level."
This virus is transported by the so-called "colilargo rat", a small mouse that is abundant in the Patagonian mountains.
Once installed in the human organism, the virus produces strong muscles and headaches, in addition to high fever.
So far, this disease has caused five deaths, in addition to three internees in intensive care, one in isolation and one in observation.
The Chubut Health Ministry decided to mobilize a special psychological support plan for the victims of hantavirus and also throughout the Epuyén community. (Télam)