Judge orders en­tire town to stay in­doors

Sunday Star-Times - - World -

An Ar­gen­tine judge has or­dered 85 res­i­dents of a re­mote Patag­o­nian town to stay in their homes for at least 30 days, to help halt an out­break of han­tavirus in which nine peo­ple have died.

The or­der af­fects peo­ple in Epuyen who have been in con­tact with peo­ple who tested pos­i­tive for the virus. Some peo­ple in the town of 3000 had re­sisted calls for vol­un­tary iso­la­tion.

Town of­fi­cials have sus­pended gath­er­ings in mu­nic­i­pal fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing fu­ner­als.

At least 26 peo­ple in the re­gion have fallen ill from han­tavirus since early De­cem­ber. Ar­gentina has re­ported 111 deaths from the virus since 2013.

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