Minister of Health, Adrián Pizzi, confirmed a new case. This is the man who entered the Esquel Hospital on Monday 24.

Minister Pizzi said on Thursday that "the last patient who claimed to be a suspicious case on December 24 to Zonal Esquel Hospital confirmed positive hantavirus after testing, which means that the number of confirmed cases rose to 13".

It was about a 27-year-old young man, a family member of someone who died of a virus.

Health authorities claim to be "confused" by the evolution of the epidemic because of the way it is spread, which is interpersonal and not through the feces or urine of "long tailed mice", as is known so far.

"So far 180 blood samples have been taken to analyze the potential affected and now 40 extractions will be added," Pizzi explained Thursday. The minister traveled in the first hour to the mountains to lead the work of the multidisciplinary groups formed.

Blood samples for analysis were brought to Epuyén residents who were at a party of 15 where, in principle, it was believed that the outbreak began, which added to the risky population of the Epuyén community (around 4,000 residents), plus health workers who intervened directly.

The minister stressed that "everything available to deal with the epidemic was available" and thanked "the national government, the Malbrán institute, the sister province and even the Chilean specialists who worked together at the consultation level".

Finally, it must be remembered that viruses are transported by so-called "colilargo mice", small mice that are 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.

In addition, the Ministry of Health decided to deploy the last few days a special plan of psychological support for victims of hantavirus as well as the entire Epuyén community.


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