January 26, 2019 – 15:14
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that 60% of the victims are women and girls. "Prevention should include clinical, laboratory and environmental components," they warned.
The World Health Organization issued a statement alerting the outbreak of Hantavirus in Argentina. For the illness, 14 people died.
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Of 29 cases of the disease caused by the virus transmitted by rats and other rodents, confirmed by laboratory tests between the end of October 2018 and January 20, 2019, almost 60 percent corresponded to women or girls, tell WHO.
About 50 percent of confirmed cases, all of them in Epuyén, in the province of Chubut, in southern Argentina, reported symptoms in the last three weeks.
"The potential transmission of person to person is currently under investigation," says WHO. There is no treatment, cure or vaccine for hantavirus infection and the rate of lethality can reach 35-50 percent.
WHO recommended the health authorities of the region to be alert and intensify efforts to detect, investigate, manage and control the cases. He said that you should pay special attention to travelers who return from the affected areas.
"Prevention should include clinical, laboratory and environmental components. We recommend the implementation of integrated environmental management, with the objective of reducing rodent populations," said the statement.
Hantavirus causes a respiratory disease that is generally acquired through contact with stool or saliva of infected rats or rodents. It is characterized by headaches, dizziness, fever, nausea, diarrhea and sore throat, followed by the sudden onset of severe respiratory symptoms.