Chubut's health minister, Adrián Pizzi, confirmed a new case 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.
The official said this morning that "the last patient treated as a suspicious case on December 24 at the hospital in Esquel was confirmed positive for hantavirus after taking the test, with the number of confirmed cases numbering 13".
"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.
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.