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A new outbreak of hantavirus affects southern Argentina



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Authorities in the southern area of ​​Argentina have registered a new one Hantavirus outbreak, a viral disease transmitted by infected mice that affect the lungs of humans.

The outbreak, according to local media, has already left 10 dead of the 28 positive cases reported in Province of Chubut, in Patagonia.

The outbreak was found in the city of Epuyén on November 14, 2018, and the authorities isolated about 100 people in the area to prevent the spread of the disease.

According to the WHO, hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome has a mortality of 38% and still does not have a specific treatment.

Patients should receive a broad spectrum of antibiotics while confirming the etiologic agent, the organization said.

Authorities have warned residents of the area of ​​the symptoms of the disease, which resemble those of influenza: fever, muscle aches, chills, headaches, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and sometimes pain in the abdominal area or the lower part of the spine.

The Chubut province's health ministry warned that "although it is rare, it can lead to death if it is not treated in time", because in some cases patients develop a breathing problem known as "hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome."

(Spanish Service of the Anadolu Agency)

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