Sporadic cases of hantavirus in La Plata, Argentina

Three men have been diagnosed with hantavirus infection in La Plata, Argentina. The reports indicate that the patients may have acquired their infection while working or walking in the rural area around La Plata where they may have inhaled contaminated dust.

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Advice For Travellers

The risk of exposure for the general traveller is low, since exposure usually occurs when contaminated dust containing the dried urine and excreta of infected rodents is stirred up during cleaning of rodent-infested premises. Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to hantavirus infection by wearing gloves and a mask when cleaning rodent infested areas.