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Hantavirus outbreak leaves ten deaths in Argentina news

a the outbreak from hantavirus in the province Chubut (south), in the Patagonia region of Argentina, added his tenth victim this Sunday.

A 29-year-old woman died in the afternoon Santiago, Chile after a visit to the small Argentine town Epuyén, where the appearance of the viral disease was concentrated. After a stay of several days, the young woman would have been infected in the home of another victim who had died last December.

The last part of the Chubut Health Ministry that was issued this Saturday confirmed two new cases in the region, in total 28 infected people. "The 28 positive cases reported have an epidemiological link linked to the outbreak of hantavirus in Epuyén," the official report said.

The first people affected by the virus were people who attended a birthday party on 24 November in an event hall, reported the mayor of Epuyen, Antonio Reato.

A field spy from the area was the first to be infected after cleaning a shed where he would have been in contact with an infected mouse. Later the man attended the celebration in which he infected his wife and other assistants.

The outbreak is motivated safety precautions in the Patagonian city that has already been proclaimed quarantine. Meetings are forbidden and even to view the deceased.

A court decision ordered the insulation for 30 days to 85 residents who had contact with neighbors tested positive for Hantavirus or suspected of having it. Isolated people are not allowed to leave their homes and receive visitors.

Although the virus is spread through infected people and contact with field mouse secretions, it is not excluded that this may have been mutated. In this sense, the National Administration of Health Laboratories and Institutes (ANLIS) tries to determine, via the sequencing of the viral genome, whether there are mutations that can increase their lethality and portability.

In 2018, nine cases were registered in Chubut and 93 in Argentina, according to a report from the Ministry of Health and Social Development, showing that 111 deaths were reported in the country between 2013 and the last year as a result of the Hantavirus.

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