Report Type: Surveillance Report
Location: Araucanía, Aysén, Bio Bio, Los Lagos , Los Ríos, Maule, O’Higgins, Valparaíso
Disease Entity: Hantavirus
Chilean Health Ministry officials reported concern this week over the risk of hantavirus infections among earthquake survivors in the southern region of the country where an increase in hantavirus transmission has been recorded. In 2010, cases have been identified in Araucanía (2), Aysén (1), Bio Bio (10), Los Lagos (1) , Los Ríos (4), Maule (3), O’Higgins (2), Valparaíso (1). The Health Ministry issued an alert to make at risk individuals aware of hantavirus symptoms and precautionary measures against infection.