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Nation specialists will work in Epuyén until the hantavirus outbreak ends


The Nation Specialist and Malabar Institute will work with their Chubut colleagues in Epuyén until the hantavirus outbreak, which is limited to the town of Cordilleran where it has caused five deaths, said the provincial Health Ministry today.

The Health Contingency Committee, which consists of technicians and authorities from national, provincial and local health portfolios, from Malbrán and Esquel, Epuyén and rural hospitals in the Andean Region, today held a new work desk at Epuyén.

During the day, the interdisciplinary team met in the commune to provide continuity to the work of research, evaluation and redefinition of actions that began on December 3, before the epidemiological contingency for infectious infections transmitted by rodents.

After evaluating the situation, and organizing it into work groups, specialists define a line of action related to epidemiological, psychosocial and communication aspects to continue the joint work with the community, including the health team and various institutions in the region.

Thus, a permanent presence in Epuyén was defined by specialists from the Malbrán Institute, the Ministry of Social Development and the National Health Secretariat, to collaborate with local professionals until the outbreak.

According to details released by a specialist body formed before a "health warning", in addition to suspected cases that entered last night "remained in the intensive care unit of a 57-year-old adult male patient and a 43-year-old woman, both positive for Hantavirus."

The party indicated that the disease had caused five deaths and there were two internees in intensive care as confirmed cases, two in the isolation ward and one being observed.

This new case was confirmed by Chubut's Health Minister, Adrián Pizzi, this morning

Pizzi said that "the last patient who was treated as a suspicious case on December 24 to the hospital Esquel was confirmed positive for hantavirus after taking the test, which means that the number of confirmed cases was thirteen."

The Malbrán Institute, which relies on a health portfolio and was inaugurated in 1916, is a national research and reference center for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases in the country. (Télam)

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