Tuesday, February 7, 2012


SANTIAGO, Feb 7 (NNN-Prensa Latina): The Chilean Ministry of Health declared a sanitary alert in the central southern region of Bio Bio on Monday, due to an outbreak of hantavirus in the zone.

The measure was decreed after two inmates of a local prison died of that disease, and three other prisoners were confirmed with the symptoms of the disease.

“It will be extremely rare that this disease was not hanta,” stated Health Minister Jaime MaƱalich, after mentioning that the country has to wait for the result of clinical tests to confirm it.

Although the disease is so far located in El Manzano prison, the alert is in force for the entire Bio Bio region, some 500 kilometers (311 miles) south of Santiago, MaƱalich said.

Hantavirus is a viral disease transmitted by wild rodents. The symtoms are hemorrhagic fever with kidney syndrome or the so-called lung syndrome, both with high mortality rates. Source