Media reports 19 cases (nine deaths) of Hanta virus in Punta Arenas, Coihaique, Santiago, Iquique, and Arica, Chile. Peru was taking action against rats in Tacna, a coastal town in Peru. Rainfall in normally desert coastal Peru and northern Chile may have led to major population increases in the rodent vectors of Hanta virus.--ed.)--Dave Coder <email@example.com> from El Comercio and Chip News, via ProMED.
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