A new case of hantavirus was confirmed in Chacabuco, province of Buenos Aires. The Director of Epidemiology of Buenos Aires, Ivan Incua, said that the victim was a 20-year-old man from the Buenos Aires area in Rawson, who is in a “delicate” state and hospitalized for intensive care at Muñiz Hospital in the city of Buenos Aires. Aires. Thus, in Buenos Aires, eight cases of hantaviruses have already been reported.
Last weekend, a young man went to the doctor’s office in his city because he had symptoms similar to those of hantavirus, such as fever, asthenia, rot, joint pain and mastalgia. Doctors indicated symptomatic treatment and sent him home. Two days later, the young man returned with a temperature of 40 ° and the same pain. Considering this scenario, it was decided to send the patient to the Chacabuco Medical Center to present it in various studies.
After hearing the case, the municipality health care area warned that it is very likely that this is a "mouse-borne illness." Before getting a diagnosis, government secretary Ignacio Orsini organized a press conference with epidemiologist Gabriela Aguero; Jesica Berteram, Health Director; Julian Serritella, Minister of Health, and Rosana Navone, Director of Bromatology. “We want to report the occurrence of a possible case of hantavirus in the city of Rawson,” said Orsini, who then provided detailed information about the case and the measures to be taken.
Bertera explained that the province of Buenos Aires is an “endemic zone of hantavirus” and, given the suspicions, the authorities warned about this. “This is our responsibility,” he said. The official added that “as soon as we received the results, we isolated the patient and took precautions; We called the "Epidemiology and Sanitary Epidemiological Service of La Plata", so we were given a bed at Muñys Hospital, and we sent the patient. " Currently, the young man is in the intensive care unit.
Members of the bromatological team have already begun the verification and disinfection tasks at Rawson. According to reports, the young man would not be susceptible to infection: he was not in warehouses, sweeping or hunting hares, as was the case in previous cases. “It is necessary to conduct an exhaustive analysis of the young man’s home and his environment. To control the vector, we have to control the environment, our job is not to get ahead of the mouse, but in everything that can become a refuge, therefore we work with the environment and state services to try to minimize the spread of rodents, "assured Navone.
This year, in the province of Buenos Aires, in the cities of San Pedro, Zarate, Navarro, San Andrés de Gilles, Berisso, Lobos and Castelli, where a woman died, there were eight cases of hantavirus. Silver According to the Ministry of Health, the number of registered cases is "within the usual indicators" for this time of year. Health authorities have also stated that the virus is transmitted from a mouse to a human, in contrast to the Epuyén outbreak, which can also be transmitted between people.