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A call to the population of Santeña and visitors to adopt preventive measures against hantavirus, made the director of the Los Santos Health region, Ayvar Hernández.

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The call is given in the middle of Holy Week where thousands of people visit the province, a date that coincides with the dry season and the harvest of corn grains.

“We know that a large number of Santeños residing in other provinces return to their land during the days of Holy Week, many of them to houses that have remained closed, we recommend taking measures to prevent the hantavirus,” said Hernández.

It is recommended to open doors and windows before occupying the house to facilitate its ventilation, sprinkle water on the floor before sweeping the house, keep grains in airtight places, do not throw food waste into the patios, these attract rodents, seal holes in the walls of houses and any place that serves as a refuge for the mouse.

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The province of Los Santos registers 8 cases of hantavirus so far this year. The most recent occurred at the beginning of this month; People infected with this virus may experience headache, dizziness, chills, and fever, including gastrointestinal symptoms including nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, followed by sudden onset of shortness of breath and hypotension.