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The Department of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health (Minsa), reported on March 31, that so far in 2022, 6 cases of hantavirus and 1 death have been registered nationwide.

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The report explains that of the 6 reported cases, 5 have been classified as hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome and 1 as hantavirus fever.

The report detailed that the regions mainly affected by the hanta virus have been Los Santos, which reports 5 cases, Coclé with 1 case, and Herrera with 1 death.

The Ministry of Health reiterates to the population to strengthen epidemiological surveillance, health promotion and education measures in the community, as well as prevention and control measures for this disease.

Hantavirus is an acute zoonosis characterized by fever, myalgias, and gastrointestinal disturbances, followed by sudden onset of rapidly evolving respiratory distress and hypotension.

Hantavirus disease occurs in two forms: hantavirus fever, which is the mild (uncomplicated) form, and hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome (HCPS).