A 30-year-old woman from the city of Ebouen in the city of Chubut died this week at a hospital in the neighboring Eskil, making the number of victims of the Hunt virus from the middle of the month up to five, when a health alert was declared out of the disease in that region.
The official health authorities point out that the woman remained in the intensive care unit on December 22 and confirmed that she died of a hantavirus.
About the same disease, there are two more people advocating intensive care at the Esquel Hospital, a city located in the western part of the province of Chubut, in the area of the Andes mountain range.
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In the same health center, three other patients are interned in medial therapy, so the total number of affected persons is ten, including four deaths.
The Hunt virus is a disease that is transmitted through contact with urine, saliva and faeces of infected rodents, and also from person to person through close contact with patients in the initial period of the febrile episode, between the first 48 and 72 hours.
Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, fever, headaches, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea and, in advanced stage, respiratory distress.
Chubut's health authorities have strengthened preventive tasks and continued the alert for 90 days, until next March, in the Esquel program area.
They also reminded that this region "It's endemic, so it's an outbreak, not an epidemic" from the Hunt virus.
They also recommended that the population and tourists do so "Extreme necessary measures to avoid contamination: keep the environment around the house and throw clean and clean, use bleach to disinfect and ventilate no less than an hour the areas that have remained closed for a long time".
In addition, they suggested carrying out rural tasks with clothing, proper footwear and respiratory protection with flour or handkerchief, and in case of camping, choose a place without weeds and not sleep in direct contact with the grass.
"You have to obey the instructions of the racing parks, go to the paths and avoid the places where there are weeds"they insisted.