85 quar­an­tined in Ar­gentina

The Maui News - - COUNTY/IN BRIEF -

BUENOS AIRES, Ar­gentina — 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.

Thurs­day’s or­der af­fects peo­ple in Epuyen who have been in con­tact with peo­ple who tested pos­i­tive for the virus. Some peo­ple in the town of 3,000 had re­sisted calls for vol­un­tary iso­la­tion.

Town of­fi­cials also have sus­pended gath­er­ings, in­clud­ing fu­ner­als.

At least 26 peo­ple in the re­gion have fallen ill from han­tavirus since early De­cem­ber.

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