57 argentine sailors are mysteriously become infected with the coronavirus after five weeks at sea, even on the whole crew on their ship was tested negative before departure.
It informs the health authorities in the argentine province of Tierra del Fuego on Monday.
Fisketrawleren 'Echizen Maru' returned to port, after several crew members began to show typical symptoms of the coronavirus.
According to the authorities, has 57 out of 61 crew members diagnosed with the virus after a new test.
It has happened, although everyone on board the ship had been in the 14-day required quarantine before they called out.
Before that, they were also all tested negative for the coronavirus, says health authorities in a press release.
Leandro Ballatore, who is the head of the department for communicable diseases at the regional hospital in the city of Ushuaia, believe that it is a unique case, because such a long incubation period for coronavirus is not described anywhere yet.
- We can not yet determine how the symptoms occurred, he says.
the incubation period describes the time that passes from people to become infected with a disease, for they begin to show symptoms.
According to the State Serum Institute is the usually between 2 og12 days for coronavirus.
Thus it will be quite unique, if the argentine sailors first started to exhibit symptoms several weeks after they have been infected.
- It is difficult to determine how the crew has been infected, with the intention of they in 35 days haven't had contact with anyone in the country and only had supplies brought in from the port in Ushuaia, says Alejandra Alfaro, who leads the health care, in Tierra del Fuego.
She says, to a team now started to investigate the chronology of the symptoms with the crew to find the source of the infection.
Out of the 61 crew members were only two testing negative for the corona, while a further two are still waiting for their test results.