Panama records two additional hantavirus cases in Los Santos


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The Los Santos Health District’s Department of Epidemiology reported two new cases of hantavirus, for a total of 36 cases so far in 2022.

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The new cases correspond to Hanta-cardiopulmonary syndrome (SCPH) and both patients, a 33-year-old male and a 49-year-old female, come from the Tonusi region.

To date, 21 cases of SCPH fever and 15 cases of hantavirus (FH) infection have been reported, with no deaths. The region with the highest number of cases is Tonosí with 10 FH and 13 SCPH, followed by Los Santos with 3 FH and 4 SCPH, Las Tablas with 1 FH and 2 SCPH, and Macaracas with 1 FH and 1 SCPH.

Minsa recommends that people keep everything clean in their homes and surroundings, as well as collected grains (such as rice and corn), stored and sealed to avoid contact with rodents and leaving their feces and urine in the surroundings.

It is also recommended to keep the building clean and the interior (stoves, utensils) protected to prevent rodents from having any kind of contact.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) highlighted that hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome is transmitted through inhalation of saliva, urine, or secretions of infected rodents.

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Symptoms include: fatigue, fever, and muscle aches, especially in the thighs, hips, and back. Headache, dizziness, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain also occur.

Four to 10 days after the initial stage of the disease, symptoms include coughing and severe shortness of breath, requiring intensive care. It can cause death.

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