Sporadic cases of hantavirus continue in the Azuero region, Panama

The number of reported cases and deaths due to hantavirus infection by the Choclo strain continues to increase sporadically. Cases have been reported from Los Santos and Herrera provinces.

The risk of exposure for the general traveller is low. 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.

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