Health Minister Adrian Pizzi confirmed the new case. This is the man who entered the hospital de Esquel on Monday 24.
Minister Pizzi said Thursday that "the last patient who entered the Esquel Zonal Hospital on December 24 as a suspicious case was confirmed positive for hantavirus after testing, which means that the number of confirmed cases increases to 13."
This is a young man of 27 years old, a member of the family of a man who died from a virus.
Health authorities claim that they are “confused” by the development of the outbreak because of how it spreads, which is interpersonal, and not through the excreta or urine of the “long-tailed mice”, as is known until now.
“So far, 180 blood samples have been taken to analyze the affected potentials, and now another 40 samples will be added,” Pizzi explained on Thursday. The minister went to the ridge in the first hour to lead the work of the multidisciplinary group that was formed.
Blood samples were taken for analysis by residents of Epuyen, who were at a party of 15 people, where, in principle, it is believed that an outbreak began, which led to an increase in population in the Epuien community (about 4,000 inhabitants) plus medical personnel who intervene directly.
The minister stressed that “everything that is available to combat the outbreak is accessible” and thanked “the national government, the Malbran Institute, related provinces, and even Chilean specialists who cooperate at the consultation level.”
Finally, it should be remembered that the virus is carried by the so-called “collarrgo mouse,” a small rodent that inhabits 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.
In addition, the Ministry of Health has decided to deploy a special plan of psychological support for the victims of Hantavirus, as well as the rest of the Epuyen community, in recent days.