An outbreak of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, Chile, 1997

Jorge Toro, Jeanette D. Vega, Ali S. Khan, James N. Mills, Paula Padula, William Terry, Zaida Yadón, Rosa Valderrama, Barbara A. Ellis, Carlos Pavletic, Rodrigo Cerda, Sherif Zaki, Shieh Wun-Ju, Richard Meyer, Mauricio Tapia, Carlos Mansilla, Michel Baro, Jose A. Vergara, Marisol Concha, Gladys CalderonDelia Enria, C. J. Peters, Thomas Ksiazek

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An outbreak of 25 cases of Andes virus-associated hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) was recognized in southern Chile from July 1997 through January 1998. In addition to the HPS patients, three persons with mild hantaviral disease and one person with asymptomatic acute infection were identified. Epidemiologic studies suggested person-to-person transmission in two of three family clusters. Ecologic studies showed very high densities of several species of sigmodontine rodents in the area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)687-694
Number of pages8
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


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  • Microbiology (medical)

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Toro, J., Vega, J. D., Khan, A. S., Mills, J. N., Padula, P., Terry, W., Yadón, Z., Valderrama, R., Ellis, B. A., Pavletic, C., Cerda, R., Zaki, S., Wun-Ju, S., Meyer, R., Tapia, M., Mansilla, C., Baro, M., Vergara, J. A., Concha, M., ... Ksiazek, T. (1998). An outbreak of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, Chile, 1997. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 4(4), 687-694.