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Panama: 13 Hantavirus cases in Los Santos province

13 cases of Hantavirus reported in Panama’s Los Santos province January 1-March 9

13 Mar 03:15 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 3/13/2018, 12:00 AM until 3/27/2018, 11:59 PM (America/Panama). COUNTRY/REGION Los Santos
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Event

A total of 13 Hantavirus cases have been confirmed in Los Santos province since the beginning of the year (as of March 9). The two most recent cases were reported in La Concepción and El Cacao. To compare, a total of 23 cases were reported in the province in all of 2017. This relatively high case rate is due to the cyclical nature of the disease, transmission rates of which tend to spike every four years.

Context

Hantavirus is spread via the urine, saliva, and feces of infected rodents and is contracted via contact with contaminated surfaces or via 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.

Advice

Individuals in Los Santos are advised to avoid exposure to potentially rodent-infested areas (e.g. barns, camp sites, construction sites, garbage dumps); 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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