This morning, the official assured thatthe last patient who was hospitalized as a suspicious case on December 24 to Esquel hospital was confirmed positive for hantavirus after the analysis, which means that the number of confirmed cases is 13".
This is a 27-year-old boy, a family member of a man who died due to an outbreak, whose development was puzzled by the health authorities because of its spread, which is interpersonal, and not through feces or urine "Mouse colilargo", as it was known until now since then
“So far, 180 blood samples have been taken for analysis of the affected potentials, and now another 40 samples will be added,” Pizzi explained to Telama, who went to the mountain range early to lead the work of a multidisciplinary group.
Blood samples were taken for analysis by residents of Epúen, who had been at a party for 15 years, when, in principle, an outbreak began, which was added to the population at risk of 4,000 inhabitants, as well as to medical personnel. directly.
The health service stressed that “everything that exists to combat the outbreak is available,” and thanked “the national government, the Malbrana institute, sister provinces, and even Chilean specialists who cooperate at the consultation level.”
The virus is carried by a so-called collarr mouse, a small rodent that lives in the Patagonian mountain range.
Installed in humans, the virus causes severe muscle and headaches, in addition to high fever.
To date, this disease has already led to five deaths, in addition to the three interned, being in intensive care, the other in isolation and one in observation.
The Chubut Ministry of Health has decided to deploy a special psychological support plan for the victims of the hantavirus, as well as the rest of the Epuyen community.