The Epidemiology Department team under the Ministry of Health of Entre Ríos conducted an epidemiological investigation in the city of Maria Grande to determine, in the past few weeks, the cause of an outbreak of gastroenteritis affecting almost 30 percent of the local population in accordance with estimates from field studies.
After taking stool material samples for analysis and detection of viruses and bacteria, the results were achieved that the outbreak was produced by a virus called Noro virus, which was transmitted through consumption of contaminated food or water, and / or person-to-person contact. In addition, this study was supplemented with samples water, which was analyzed by the city government, located 64 kilometers from Paraná.
In this case, the director of Epidemiology, Diego Garcilazo, he says: "The Epidemiological Surveillance Team, working at the site to determine the cause of the increase in the amount of consultation for gastroenteritis. More than 240 surveys were conducted, and samples were taken for virological and bacteriological analysis. "
"It has been confirmed in this way that the cases are caused by viruses that are responsible for 50 percent of outbreaks of gastroenteritis in general," said the professional, "Noro viral infections occur with nausea, vomiting, liquid diarrhea and pain. However, there are cases without symptoms, in general this infection is not dangerous, they develop well in two or three days ", he stressed.
"During these weeks we have had dialogues with hospital director Francisco Castaldo from the Entre Ríos region, Martín Ginestar, and with city officials, to be able to withstand large requests and find out the situation. We can assert that there has been a considerable reduction in consultation "said Garcilazo.