Adolfo Rubinstein, Health Minister, stated today that "we believe that the way of transmission of hantavirus mutated, although we have not confirmed this and we are studying it."
This way he has referred to the situation in Epuyén, in the province of Chubut where the illness extended since the outbreak in November and now 85 people are in quarantine.
The Secretary of Health of the Nation, Adolfo Rubinstein, recommended not to go to "Epuyén and its surroundings at this time" and confirmed that "all cases come from the same chain of epidemiological transmission."
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In this regard, the official explained that everything was triggered by a patient who already had symptoms and went to the anniversary celebration on November 15th, on November 8th, last year. "I told many of the contacts that were at the party and, in turn, these people infected others", He said.
In addition to the nine fatalities and the 26 confirmed cases, there are 70 contacts from people who had symptoms of the disease and are now "in complete isolation," Rubinstein said.
However, he tried to bring tranquility to the population to ensure that "all cases are confined to this city."
"To date, there is no case of those who confirmed that there was no primary or secondary contact in the chain of virus transmission of the same outbreak, including a new Bariloche case that is confirmed," he indicated in this regard , to the # 39; time that warned that during the next 48 hours "probably, the number of affected ones increases with the analyzes that are being done."
Habitually, the virus is transmitted through contact with saliva, feces and urine of infected wild mice, which once dried can be inhaled. However, the authorities do not rule out the person-to-person transmission hypothesis in the current outbreak.
About this, Rubinstein explained that they are waiting for the results of the samples to confirm or discard this possibility. "The lethality observed in this outbreak is expected by the Andes South strain of hantavirus (between 30% and 50%)," he added.
The virus, for which there is no vaccine or specific treatment, affects the function of the lungs and the heart. The judge of Esquel, Martín Zacchino said in his resolution: "Here the health of the population, but also the lives of people, is not only at stake, which is not only proportional but also also in logic, reasonable and absolutely necessary. "
On the spot, local specialists attend the professional field work in the Epidemiology residency of the Secretary of Health of the Nation and those responsible for the Biological Containment Unit of the National Administration of Laboratories and Institutes of Health (ANLIS) Dr. Carlos Malbrán.
Among the recommendations he detailed:
– Ventilate the environments appropriately.
– Hygienize surfaces
-No camping in places with weeds
– Do not go to sleep in the pasture
People who have symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, chills, headaches, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea should be consulted quickly in the nearest center and avoid contact with other people.