The men from La Plata, Buenos Aires Province have contracted the viral disease, hantavirus, according to a Clarin report (computer translated). The three men are currently hospitalized for their illness.
The three cases were confirmed by a source from Sanitary Region XI, who detailed that those affected had been working or walking in the rural area of La Plata.
Hantavirus is carried by certain species of rats and mice that shed the virus in their urine, droppings and saliva. The virus can be transmitted to people when nesting materials or dust contaminated by infected rat or mouse urine, droppings and saliva are stirred up, allowing the virus to be breathed in by humans.
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Early symptoms of hantavirus infection include fatigue, fever and muscle aches that may be accompanied by headaches, dizziness, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Later symptoms include coughing and shortness of breath. If hantavirus is suspected, people should contact their health care provider immediately and mention any potential exposure to rodents, their nests or their waste.
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