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Hantavirus has been confirmed in Cochabamba.
Last updated: January 27th 2020.
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) and related diseases Dengue renal syndrome (HFRS) is a rare infection caused by a virus belonging to
Bunyaviridae family. They are zoonoses – animal diseases that can spread to humans -. Transmitted through urine, feces, and saliva of infected deer mice and other wild rodents
The virus causing HPS found in America while they HFRS caused exist around the world. Travelers can get sick when they breath air droplets contaminated with the virus. Campers, hikers and cave explorers at risk if they come into direct contact with infected rodents or their nesting. HPS and HFRS also occupational hazards for workers trades (plumbers, electricians), pest control workers, and wildlife researchers.
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome Symptoms usually appear 2-4 weeks after infection and include fever, back pain, muscle pain, especially in the thighs, hips, and shoulders), general weakness, and fatigue. Some people may also experience abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting. This disease can progress to more severe symptoms include difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, and cough usually occurs 10 days later.
Symptoms of Dengue Fever with Renal Syndrome usually appear 1-2 weeks after infection and much more severe than in patients with Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. infected people experience fever, intense headache, back and abdominal pain, chills, nausea, blurred vision, red eye, or a rash. This disease can develop into uncontrolled bleeding, renal failure, and shock. If left untreated, both HPS and HFRS can be fatal.
Travelers should avoid direct contact with wild rodents.
There is no cure or preventive vaccine against hantavirus.
For hantavirus image, life cycles, and distribution map:
Information last updated: March 26, 2020
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