An Argentine judge has ordered 85 residents of a distant patagonian city to stay in their homes for at least 30 days to stop an outbreak of hanta viruses in which nine people have died.
Thursday's order by judge Martin Zacchino affects people in Epuyen who have been in contact with people who tested positive for the virus. Some 3,000 people in the city had opposed calls for voluntary isolation.
City officials have also interrupted gatherings at municipal premises, including funerals.
At least 26 people in the region have been ill from hantavirus since early December. 19659005] People can be infected by contact with male virus infected rodents or their urine and droppings, or by close contact with an infected person. Argentina has reported 111 deaths from the virus since 2013.