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By Julie Steenhuysen
CHICAGO, Sept 2 (Reuters) – The World Well being Group (WHO) is monitoring a cluster of 10 instances of pneumonia of unknown trigger in Argentina, in an outbreak that has to date claimed three deaths.
The instances are linked to a single non-public clinic within the metropolis of San Miguel de Tucumán, situated within the northwest of the nation, based on the Pan American Well being Group (PAHO), the regional workplace of the WHO.
An early report on Tuesday included 5 well being employees and a affected person who was handled within the clinic’s intensive care ward, whose signs appeared between August 18 and 22.
On Thursday, native well being authorities reported one other three instances, bringing the whole to 9, together with three deaths. The three individuals who died had different well being issues.
On Friday, Argentina reported yet one more case.
Signs embrace fever, muscle and stomach ache, and shortness of breath. A number of sufferers had pneumonia in each lungs.
Exams for identified respiratory viruses and different viral, bacterial and fungal brokers have been all detrimental, PAHO stated. Organic samples have been despatched to Argentina’s Nationwide Administration of Laboratories and Well being Institutes for additional testing, which is able to embrace testing for the presence of poisons.
Dr. Michael Osterholm, an infectious illness skilled on the College of Minnesota, stated that because the lungs are closely concerned, the trigger is probably going one thing the sufferers inhaled.
PAHO and WHO are monitoring the outbreak and aiding native well being authorities within the investigation.
Osterholm stated “thriller diseases” do occur typically, and more often than not they are often defined by some native outbreak that does not have pandemic implications.
He added that he expects the Argentine well being authorities to supply extra definitive info within the subsequent 5 or seven days.
(Reporting by Julie Steenhuysen; edited in Spanish by Aida Peláez-Ferández)