For the first time in 2017, health officials in the province of Los Santos, Panama have confirmed a hantavirus case. According to regional director of Health, Dr. Germán Solís, the patient is a 75-year-old individual from Tonosí.

Panama map/CIA
Panama map/CIA

The patient is currently in stable condition, according to a TVN Noticias report (computer translated).

Authorities have recommended the population to maintain cleanliness around their homes and avoid contact with rodents.

Hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome is an emerging disease that was diagnosed in Panama for the first time in the central provinces 16 years ago.