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25 Oct 2018 | 02:20 AM UTC

Bolivia: Hantavirus outbreak continues in La Asunta /update 1

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19 cases of Hantavirus reported in Bolivia’s La Asunta municipality (La Paz department) as of October 22

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/24/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/2/2018, 11:59 PM (America/La_Paz). COUNTRY/REGION La Asunta

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Bolivia: Hantavirus outbreak in La Asunta


A total of 19 Hantavirus cases, including one associated death, have been confirmed in the municipality La Asunta (La Paz department) as on Monday, October 22. Authorities have issued a health alert for the department and have deployed medical teams to the area. Further cases of the virus are possible in La Asunta in the near term.


Hantavirus is spread via the urine, saliva, and feces of infected rodents and is contracted via ingestion, contact with contaminated surfaces, or inhalation of contaminated air. The most common symptoms of the virus are similar to those of influenza: fever, muscle aches, and fatigue. Other possible symptoms include headache, dizziness, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Hantavirus is fatal in roughly one-third of cases.


Those present in La Asunta and surrounding areas should avoid exposure to potentially rodent-infested areas (e.g. barns, camp sites, construction sites, garbage dumps); drink only bottled water; make sure any outdoor garbage cans are properly covered and the area kept clean; regularly air out any structures that may have rodent infestations (barns, garages, etc.); and properly store foodstuffs. Individuals exhibiting the aforementioned symptoms are advised to seek immediate medical treatment.


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