The Salta Ministry of Health today approved the first death of a year due to hantavirus in this province, but explained that it is a strain different from that which caused ten deaths in Patagonia, because the basic characteristic of the Salta virus is that "it is not transmitted from person to person "The first case of Khantavirus was also confirmed by Jujuy, while four more cases of suspects are still under investigation in this province. According to Health Secretary Adolf Rubinstein, the Epuyén outbreak responds to a virus mutation that has changed the path of infection. "You can't say it's controlled," he said.
The Salta Ministry of Health approved the first death in this province. "This is a rural worker who came to Juan Domingo Perón de Tartagal on January 1 and died at 7, but confirmation that the cause of death was a hantavirus was only yesterday," the health authorities explained. According to the explanation, "this is the first case of the year and the first dead" in this province, which last year recorded "37 cases confirmed with seven deaths."
On the other hand, the study involved a "second suspect" person in hantavirus "to present all the symptoms and hunting in the same area" when the deceased man closed the Coronel Cornejo virus. The Department of San Martin, head of the city of Tartagala. A 19-year-old young person develops favorably, already leaving intensive therapy.
The spokesman for the Salta Ministry of Health explained that the strain of the circulating virus in this province is the strain of Bermejo or Oran, which, unlike the South Andean strain, does not affect the secretion of humans, but only when confronted with the secretion of a mouse containing the virus.
From Jujuy, so many, they reported the first case of hantavirus confirmed in this province while they continued their tests in four other suspicious cases. "It is a person enrolled in a private clinic with breathing difficulties and we see his evolution now receiving the necessary treatment," said Veronica Serra, Health Promotion and Prevention Secretary.
The patient, 58, was hospitalized in a private clinic in San Pedro, 65 kilometers east of San Salvador de Jujuy, where he apparently worked in some sheds. "It will be well researched how the trip has been, it is important to determine how and where it could be infected," Serra explained.
Health Secretary Adolfo Rubinstein said that "it cannot be said that the Epuyén outbreak is under control". "Our hypothesis is a virus mutation that has changed the way the infection spreads: there has been environmental pollution so far, that is, it was rodent urine, and what is modified is a type of transmission from person to person," he said. Radio Con Vos.
"This change in viral properties is what we learn at the Malbrán Institute, a national reference institute," said an official who is going to the city of Esquel tonight and its neighboring Epui, where it will stay until Thursday.
When it comes to assessing the outbreak, he said he could not risk "saying he was under control". The delegation to Esquel in the afternoon includes specialists from the Malbrán Institute, the National Epidemiology Directorate, the Intensive Care of El Cruce Hospital and the President of the Argentine Epidemiology Association.
The last official part of Chubut indicates that there are 28 positive cases of hantavirus and 10 deaths due to this disease, while 94 people are selective in respiratory isolation to stop the virus from spreading.
Hantavirus is a disease caused by the Hanta virus that occurs when exposed to saliva, faeces and infected mice, which can then be inhaled. A disease that does not have a vaccine or specific treatment can affect the functioning of the lungs and heart because the immune system has not responded adequately, and in some cases it can lead to death.
According to the information provided by the health authorities, the number of deaths found during this outbreak is the one expected by the South Andean hantavirus strain (30% to 50%).