The team at the Department of Epidemiology at the Ministry of Health at Entre Ríos has conducted epidemiological studies in the village of Maria Grande to determine in recent weeks the cause of the outbreak of gastroenteritis, which affected almost 30 percent of the local population according to estimates from the field study.
After collecting fecal samples for analysis and detection of viruses and bacteria, the result was obtained that the outbreak was produced by a virus called Noro virus, which is transmitted by consumption of contaminated food or water, and / or contact with a person. In addition, the test was completed with water samples that were analyzed by the municipality located 64 kilometers from Paraná.
In this sense, the director of Epidemiology, Diego Garcilazo, He said: "The Epidemiological Surveillance Department team worked on-site to determine the cause of the increase in the number of consultations regarding gastroenteritis. Over 240 questionnaires were carried out and samples were taken for virological and bacteriological analysis. "
"It has been confirmed that the cases were caused by a virus that is responsible for 50 percent of the general inflammation of the stomach and intestines," the expert said, "Noro virus infection occurs with nausea, vomiting, fluid diarrhea and pain." However, asymptomatic cases in general, these infections have a mild course, they evolve preferably within two or three days ", he stressed.
"During these weeks, we talked with the director of the hospital Francisco Castaldo from Entre Ríos, Martín Ginestarand with municipal officials to be able to stop great demand and get to know the situation. We can confirm that the consultations have significantly decreased "said Garcilazo.