The Panama Ministry of Health (MINSA) reports investigating (computer translated) a family outbreak of enteric febrile syndrome, which has resulted in four deaths to date.

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The outbreak occurred in the community of Quebrada Negra, Red Stone village, Kankintú district, Ngäbe Buglé district.

This is the same area of the country that is also battling a pertussis outbreak.

Currently, there are four hospitalized cases, two minors and two adults. Of the minors, one is stable in the Changuinola Hospital and one was transferred to the Children’s Hospital due to its serious condition, the two serious adults are stabilizing to be transferred to a third level.

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An asymptomatic adult relative remains vigilant. Follow up of patients and their contacts. The exams were sent to the Gorgas Commemorative Institute of Studies (ICGES) to investigate etiologies such as leptospirosis, viral hepatitis, rickettsiosis or enteropathogens.