Due to dozens of cases of infection in Chile and Argentina, Hanta Virus, the doctor Yanette Dabanche, Coordinator of the Committee on Emerging Infections of the Chilean Society for Infectious Diseases, He talks with DNA about the precautions and the risks of the disease.
"This is a virus that is not easy to shrink, but the main way people have to infect us is via the airway entrance. That is, breathing ecological particles infected with the virus that is excreted by mice, he said.
He added that although it is very unusual, this is materialized in "people who have close contact, mostly a sexual partnerwho shared the same bed or a mother who nurses her son ",
In Argentina in particular in Epuyen there are more than 30 cases of infection, so the authorities still maintain the health signal. In this context, the professional explains the ease with which the bacteria manage to transform to enter the human being.
"The unusual thing that viruses have is the ability to adapt to survive in the environment or maintain their survival permanently. The Puyen case is a human to human transmission, this is a new event for the Hanta virus ""he explained.
Infection caused by rodents is something that was not so much seen in the country until recently, but now that it is growing, authorities have not yet run a national campaign on the virus, so disinformation on the issue is high.
The theme "is very long with self-service education and unfortunately we start learning enough about the periods in which we can eventually unravel. There is, however, information that needs to be sought and that we should try to spread to know what measures to take, which are quite simple, "he said.
In the summer, a large number of citizens benefit from the trip. That's why the doctor recommends being informed about the place where it goes and having sufficient care to be as far away from the infection, "I need to let me know where I can safely stay, where to go to hiking, adequate handling and disposal of rubbish, food care ".
He also stressed that "if you go into a closed cabin for a long time, the first thing you need to do is open the doors and windows so that light comes in for a long time, ideally for more than 30 minutes, as the virus is quite weak for that.
So far there is only one hyperimmune serum that fights bacteria of the virus, "In Chile was developed the possibility of having this serum, which thanks to people who have survived the disease and donate blood from time to time to retrieve it, we have this tool that has proven useful when we can discover the disease in the early days of evolutionConcepción's researchers went further to develop a vaccine and the development of this requires enormous economic investment, which is where research is stopped. "