Nation and Malbrán Institute specialists will work together with their colleagues from Chubut in Epyuene before the Hantavirus outbreak, which is described in that Cordillera city, where five people have already died, the provincial health ministry said today.
The Committee for Health Emergencies, consisting of technicians and authorities from the national, provincial and local health departments from Malbrane and Esquel, Epuén and rural hospitals in the Andean region, today held a new desktop in Epueen.
During the day, an interdisciplinary team gathered in this commune to ensure continuity in the work of researching, evaluating and redefining the actions started on December 3 before the epidemiological situation caused by the outbreak of this rodent-transmitted infection.
After assessing the situation and organizing the working groups, the specialists identified areas of activity related to epidemiological, psychosocial and communication aspects to continue working with the community, including health teams and various institutions in the region.
Thus, a permanent presence in Epueen was determined by specialists from the Malbran Institute, the Ministry of Social Development and the National Secretariat of Health to collaborate with local specialists before the outbreak.
In accordance with the details issued by a team of specialists drawn up before the “health warning,” in addition to the suspected case that came last night, an adult male patient, 57 years old, and a 43-year-old woman, both positive Hantavirus, remain in the intensive care unit. "
The party notes that this disease has already led to five deaths, and as confirmed cases there are two interned in intensive care, two more in the isolation ward and one in the observation.
This new case was confirmed this morning by the Minister of Health of Chubut Adrian Pizzi.
Pizzi said that "the last patient who was hospitalized as a suspicious case on December 24 at Esquel Hospital was confirmed positive for hantavirus after testing, which means that the number of confirmed cases is thirteen."
The Malbran Institute, which depends on a portfolio of medical services and was opened in 1916, is the national research and reference center for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases in the country. (BODY)