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Argentina isolates 85 people to quell hantavirus outbreak



An Argentine judge ordered 85 residents of a remote Patagonian town to stay in their homes for at least 30 days to help stop a hantavirus outbreak in which nine people died.

The Thursday order of Judge Martin Zacchino affects people in Epuyen who have been in contact with people who have tested positive for the virus. Some people in the city of 3,000 resisted requests for voluntary isolation.

City officials also suspended meetings in municipal facilities, including funerals.

At least 26 people in the region have been infected with hantaviruses since the beginning of December [19659005] People can be infected through contact with hantavirus-infected rodents or their urine and excrement or through close contact with a infected person. Argentina has reported 111 deaths from the virus since 2013.


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