Sporadic cases of hantavirus in Los Santos, Panama

Sporadic cases of hantavirus continue to be reported from Los Santos Province. With a newly diagnosed case, the total for this year is now 15 cases.

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Advice For Travellers

Dust, food, and hands that are contaminated with the dried urine and excreta of infected rodents are the main source of hanta viruses. 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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