Argentina: Two Deaths From Pneumonia Of Unknown Origin Intrigue The Medical Corps

Argentina: Two Deaths From Pneumonia Of Unknown Origin Intrigue The Medical Corps
Argentina: Two Deaths From Pneumonia Of Unknown Origin Intrigue The Medical Corps

Two people died this week in the province of Tucuman (northwestern Argentina), following severe pneumonia “of unknown origin” which intrigues the medical profession, health authorities said on Wednesday.

Six people in total, caregivers and a patient from the same intensive care unit of a clinic in Tucuman, presented with this pathology.

One died on Monday, another on Wednesday, three are hospitalized, and a sixth, in satisfactory condition, is in home isolation, the health ministry of Tucuman province said.

“These patients have in common a severe respiratory state with bilateral pneumonia, and present imaging very similar to Covid, but this has been ruled out,” provincial minister Luis Medina Ruiz told reporters.

The cases “have already been tested for Covid, influenza, influenza A and B, hantavirus (rodent-borne infections), and 25 other germs,” all of which tested negative, he said. he adds.

According to Mr. Medina, it may be an infectious agent, but toxic, environmental causes are not excluded, also analyzes are in progress in particular on water, air conditioning systems.

“The cases relate to five health workers and a patient in the intensive care unit of a private clinic in San Miguel de Tucumán, who began to show symptoms between August 18 and 22,” the ministry said. national in a press release.

“No new case has been identified since August 22”, including among close contacts of these patients, which the provincial minister described as “positive news”, assuring that the situation is “under control”.

Samples have been sent for further analysis to the national reference laboratory, the Instituto Malbran in Buenos Aires, and results are expected by the end of the week.

The article is in French

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