Third death from pneumonia of unknown origin in Argentina

Argentina has reported a third deceased from bilateral pneumonia of unknown origin in the province of Tucumán (northwest) and it is being investigated whether it is patient zero of the outbreak, health authorities reported this Thursday. “She is a 70-year-old patient who was admitted to a private sanatorium,” said the provincial Minister of Health, Luis Medina Ruiz, at a press conference.

Among those infected, the Ministry of Health ruled out Covid, flu and influenza as causes. “We are studying the origin of the outbreak and the epidemiological link, we are still in the process of investigation,” explained the minister. Until Wednesday, the authorities had reported six cases and this Thursday they reported three more infections.

The third deceased was the only one among those infected who did not belong to the health personnel from the private clinic in San Miguel de Tucumán (1,300 km north of Buenos Aries), where the cases were reported and which has been isolated as a precaution.

The new fatal victim “had undergone surgery for a gallbladder problem and reoperated twice. From then on she had a picture of lung infection which coincides with the date of appearance (of symptoms) of the other patients,” said the minister. “It is not very clear what the start was because everything is around August 20. We understand that she is patient zero at first, but that is under study, “added Medina Ruiz.

The samples of the first six cases are being investigated by the laboratory of the Malbrán Institute, the main benchmark in the country.

The three new reported cases “are health personnel from the sanatorium who began with symptoms around August 20 and 23, so in principle correspond to the same outbreak and to the same place of contagion, “said Medina Ruiz.

“Possibly it is an infectious etiological agent (a virus), and we must demonstrate that and find out what it is, if it is a contagion viral infectious germ not so severe”, the provincial Minister of Health has maintained, adding that since last August 22 there have been no new patients with this condition.

In addition, the health authorities are working to carry out the outbreak investigationwhich includes the follow-up of the contacts of the cases and specific control actions in the health center where the outbreak arose, as detailed by the ministry in a statement.


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