The outbreak of the southern hantavirus, where 11 deaths were reported, alerted health authorities and outlined measures to prevent this disease transmitted to humans by contact with saliva, feces and urine of infected mice.
The demand for attention was made this week through the emergence of cases in the north of the country, as well as in the provinces of Entre Ríos and Buenos Aires.
"Cases that are recorded in Buenos Aires are the usual and expected for this time of the year," they assured Infobae of the health portfolio and pointed out that between November and March is the time when the peak of the disease usually occurs. "Last year there were 25 cases in the province with four deaths," they reported.
Of the four confirmed cases, three are in danger and a patient is in a delicate condition.
Of those announced so far, a 23-year-old man from Lomas de Zamora, a 41-year-old from San Pedro and a 20-year-old from Navarro, is evolving favorably. The fourth case corresponds to a 34-year-old Zarate, whose clinical situation is more delicate and is still. The patient has a respiratory engagement and is treated in a sanitarium for his social work, he is not hospitalized in a public hospital, they stressed in his health portfolio.
Buenos Aires Provincial Health Minister Andrés Scarsi said that "70% of the provincial cases occur between November and the end of March, that is, ending in spring, and in summer we are in the number of ordinary cases for the year."
"The great difference with what happened in Epuyén is the strain circulating there, called the Southern Andean, and that the strong suspicion is that it allows inter-human transmission, meaning transmission takes place between people," the official said. Unlike what we recorded in Buenos Aires province, where the presence of rodents, which is the long-tailed little mouse that transmits human disease through excretion or urine secretion, is needed.
As a way of prevention, Scarsi has recommended that "it is very important that in workplaces, where there may be food debris, there is no trash and that they are ventilated because this helps stop the virus." "Inside the house, about 35 meters around, you should keep the grass short and not garbage nearby", he added.
And after he noticed that "the health system is ready to receive and treat hantavirus cases," the official said: "What we have raised is epidemiological surveillance in contact with municipalities in each district to have the case report. We have reports about other cases in the study because the symptoms are very similar to other types of illness. "
Government Secretary of State Adolfo Rubinstein warned that "they are working together on an emergency plan if the situation is getting worse, but selective isolation results in the latest cases in the South. They were in this situation that prevents us infections ". "Cases in other areas of the country are environmental and not related to the outbreak of the Epuyen epidemic", strengthened it.
"Epuyén's hantavirus outbreak appears to be isolation, but you do not have to reduce your guard," said Rubinstein, who was yesterday with his team in the Epuyén hospital tour and the Esquel Zonal Hospital. He also attended a meeting with the teams working in the outbreak at the outbreak and had various meetings with local authorities and specialists.
Hantavirus is a severe acute viral disease, caused by the hanta virus that is transmitted to humans through contact with saliva, feces and urine of infected mice (mainly long-tailed) mice that once inhaled can be inhaled. There are different species of hanta virus and the one that caused this outbreak is the South Andes strain.