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Memorias del Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencias de la Salud

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TORALES, Martha et al. Update of risk areas and epidemiological profile of hantavirus in Paraguay (2013 - 2020). Mem. Inst. Investig. Cienc. Salud [online]. 2022, vol.20, n.3, pp.108-116. ISSN 1812-9528.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome in Paraguay is an infection related to the Chaco area or Western Region. However, in recent years cases it has been reported outside the known endemic area. In order to describe the epidemiological profile of the disease in our country, and update the transmission areas, a retrospective review of the cases registered from 2013 to 2020. Ninety HPS cases were confirmed, being the Western Region the one that contributed the highest proportion of cases, with 92% in the study period. The Eastern Region registered 5.5% of the cases, while in 2.5% of the cases it was not possible to determine the place. The profile of the disease in the country is presented as a condition mainly of men in adulthood - young, linked to field activities. The main challenges were to sensitize the population of the newly identified risk areas, strengthen the surveillance in these places in order to capture cases in a timely manner and update knowledge about the circulating viruses and zoonotic reservoirs of the disease.

Palabras clave : hantavirus; zoonosis; risk; epidemiology; Paraguay.

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