July 2, 2019
The South American country has received international support to identify the disease, allegedly caused by a virus that would have infected at least five other people.
Bolivia has activated its sanitary protocols after several people fell ill in that country due to a still unknown disease. At least five suspected cases of infection are reported for what is presumed to be a virus, which caused the death of a doctor a little less than a month ago.
According to reports, the situation originated in the town of Caranavi, about 230 kilometers from La Paz, where the internist Ximena Cuéllar treated a man with a fever before he died of unknown causes. That patient, who did not undergo laboratory tests, is considered the ‘zero case’.
Cuéllar then fell ill and moved to the capital, where he died on June 4 despite the efforts of doctors. Two of them, of last names Vidales and Ortiz, appear from Thursday between the presumed infected ones and they remain in intensive therapy with hemorrhagic fever.
“We have three suspected cases, in addition to the two doctors who are hospitalized in intensive care, two of these patients had contact with these doctors, but another did not, but they have symptoms and signs of the disease,” said the minister. Bolivian health, Gabriela Montaño, according to El Deber.
The health authorities have ruled out that influenza and other viral diseases such as dengue are behind the infections of the doctors, and in the next few hours the clarification of the pathogen is expected with the support of a Brazilian infectious disease specialist and two other EE specialists. UU., According to Montaño. For the time being it is ruled out to declare an epidemiological emergency.
In addition, from the Ministry have indicated that on Tuesday a team of experts and specialists has moved to Caranavi in order to conduct epidemiological research . “The searches and search of previous cases and current cases will be carried out,” he says.
Under the circumstances, the Hospital Center of this town has been reinforced with personnel, laboratory materials and training. “This week other specialists arrive from both the CDC and the PAHO, and they will continue to support protocols that are activated in this type of situation,” the document anticipates.
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