A team at the Department of Epidemiology at the Ministry of Health Entre Rios conducted epidemiological investigations in the city of Maria Grande to determine in recent weeks the cause of the outbreak of gastroenteritis, which affected almost 30 percent of the population. local in accordance with estimates obtained from field studies.
After sampling of fecal material for analysis and detection of viruses and bacteria, the result was that the outbreak was caused by a virus called Noro virus, which is transmitted by eating contaminated food or water and / or personal contact. In addition, the study was completed with water samples were analyzed by the municipality, located 64 kilometers from Paraná.
In this sense, the director of epidemiology, Diego Garcilazohe said:The team of the epidemiological surveillance department worked on the spot to determine the reason for the increase in the number of consultations on gastroenteritis. More than 240 studies were conducted and samples were taken for virological and bacteriological analysis. ”
“Thus, it was confirmed that the cases were caused by a virus responsible for 50 percent of outbreaks of gastroenteritis in general,” said the professional. However, there are asymptomatic cases, in general, these infections are benign, they develop favorably in two or three days ", he stressed.
“During these weeks we had a dialogue with the director of the hospital Francisco Castaldo, located in the Entre Rios district, Martin genestarand with municipal officials to be able to contain high demand and know the situation. It can be argued that the number of consultations has decreased significantly. ”said Garcilazo.