Two dead in Argentina from an unknown virus that causes pneumonia

  • So far, the Argentine authorities have reported six people admitted infected with the virus of unknown origin that causes bilateral pneumonia,

  • The Argentine health authorities are investigating the origin of the outbreak with follow-up of the contacts of the cases and specific control actions.

  • All those infected with the virus, who presented bilateral pneumonia, gave negative tests for covid 19, Influenza, Influenza A, according to the Argentine health authorities

Two people they have dead in Argentinaafter being infected by a virus which caused them a bilateral pneumonia, as reported by the Ministry of Public Health of the province of Tucumán. The medical report explains that the virus so far is unknown origin.

“We have detected six patients taking a bilateral pneumoniaof which one –belonging to health personnel– passed away last Monday, four are seriously admitted, and one in home isolation,” the province’s Minister of Health, Luis Medina Ruiz, said at a press conference before the second death was announced.

All those infected with the new virus have tested negative for Covid, influenza A and B

All those infected began to present symptoms between August 18 and 22 and have tested negative for COVID-19, Influenza, Influenza A and even B, as detailed by Medina in statements to Public TV.

“Possibly it is an infectious aetiological agent (a virus), and we must demonstrate that and find out what it is, if it is a viral infectious germ of not so severe contagion”, 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 Investigation, which 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.

All the registered cases correspond to five health workers and a patient from the intensive care service of the private hospital of San Miguel de Tucumán.


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