Health officials have issued a health alert for Epuyén, Chubut province after five hantavirus cases were reported, including one fatality.


According to a report (computer translated), the patients were treated by the medical corps of the area; however, a 14-year-old died from the viral infection.

The samples were sent to the Carlos Malbrán Institute for analysis. Mayor Antonio Reato said the samples are sent to Buenos Aires and everything was delayed due to lack of flights because of the G20.

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Hantavirus is a severe acute viral disease, transmitted by saliva, feces and urine of field mice (mainly long-tailed mice).