PRO/AH/EDR> Hantavirus – Americas (19): Chile (LG)


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Date: Mon 15 May 2023
Source: Outbreak News Today [edited]

The Regional Ministerial Secretariat (SEREMI) of Health of the Los
Lagos Region confirmed a new case of hantavirus in the rural area of
the commune of Puerto Montt.

The patient is a 10-year-old resident of the Piedra Azul sector. This
is the 2nd case in a child this year [2023].

Álex Rubén Oyarzo Cuevas, head of the Population Health Department
of the Health SEREMI, confirmed the information. The affected girl was
transferred to the Santa María Clinic in Santiago, and she is in the
intensive care unit at the medical center, he reported.

Oyarzo Cuevas noted that epidemiological and environmental
investigations are being carried out to determine exposure to the

The other hantavirus case was registered on 15 Apr [2023], when a
6-year-old boy from Trapen lost his life due to the hantavirus, a
diagnosis confirmed by the Institute of Public Health (ISP) after his

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