Epuyén municipal employee in Chubut became the second death due to hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in the Patagonian province after the death of a 14-year-old teenager, the associate director of the Esquel program at the local Ministry of Health, Jorge Elias, announced yesterday.
The man who died yesterday and was hospitalized in an intensive care unit was one of five positive cases of hantavirus confirmed by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (INEI) Carlos Malbran, where the samples were sent.
"This is one of the five cases confirmed by a crippled hinvavirus, 61, born by Epuyén who died at 4.30," Elias told a press conference.
Mayor of Epuyén, Antonio Reatro, declared mourning and holidays in the municipality. The remaining complex picture is that of a 15-year-old teenager who also remains in an intensive ward, but with a clear recovery while the other patients were thrown out, according to hospital sources Telam consulted. Meanwhile, Malbran's results are expected for three new cases, which are reported as "suspects".
"Epidemiological research continues in practice," says Elias, who confirms that the infection has occurred in a common place, Telal said.
The cases of hantavirus happened in an event hall where Epuyén was born, but the patients were not at the same table, but in different places, so we focused our attention there, "the official said.
The Doctor confirmed that Zwonoz Zonas of the Department of Health of Crow has ordered the capture and analysis of traps of long-tailed mice in the five houses of Epuyén where the families of confirmed cases of hantavirus live in addition to events .
Because of the positive location where intercourse was reported, intercultural contact was not ruled out, although the health authorities that consulted acknowledged that "these are very exceptional cases that are known because the most common form of infection is environmental. "
In fact, the most common form spreading the epidemic is through the virus that transmits the small rodent Oligoryzomys longicaudatus, known as the "colilargo mouse" in the mountain region, a region where it is propagated especially during the flowering of the colihue cane, which is their favorite food and generates abundant seed in flowering, which is very rich in nutrients.
Once in the human body, the hepatitis pulmonary syndrome causes high fever, muscle aches, cough and headaches, and after a few days the breathing problems worsen and develop in severe cases that, if not controlled, can cause death due to respiratory failure or the lungs are filled with liquid.
Meanwhile, Elias and Chubout's Health Department chief of staff, Emiliano Biodo, confirmed in the last part published today that "another suspect has admitted in the area of the Rio de Suegger Hospital a town in Chubut Mountain, 360 km south of Esquil and 750 km. southwest of this capital.
The section emphasizes that "we continue with 5 positive cases, 2 deaths due to Hantavirus lung syndrome, 2 missed and one in the intensive care unit."