Hantavirus cases continue to be reported from Los Santos Province in Panama

The number of reported cases of hantavirus continues to increase slowly to a total of 71 cases this year in Los Santos Province. The latest case was infected in the Tonosi district.

While the risk of exposure for the general traveller is low, travellers should be aware that this province continues to report most of the cases of hantavirus infection in Panama. Dust, food, and hands that are contaminated with the dried urine and excreta of infected rodents are the main source of hantaviruses. When the dust is stirred up during cleaning or working in rodent-infested places, people inhale the virus and become infected. Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to hantavirus infection by avoiding situations that create dust in rodent infected areas.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Hanta Virus.

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