A total of nine cases were found in the clinic
Three people died in Argentina from “pneumonia of unknown cause”.
In Argentina, nine people developed pneumonia – and three patients have already died. The cause of the disease is not known. The health authority is confused.
Three people have died of mysterious pneumonia in Argentina. (Icon picture)
According to the Argentine health authorities, three people died of “pneumonia of unknown cause”. As the health minister of the northwestern province of Tucumán, Luis Medina Ruiz, announced Thursday, nine cases of the respiratory illness were found in a private clinic there. Eight of the patients were or were clinic nurses. Three of the injured have died since Monday.
Health authorities are now trying to find out which pathogen is causing the pneumonia. During investigations at a famous laboratory in the capital, Buenos Aires, coronaviruses, influenza A and B viruses and hantaviruses have already been ruled out as possible causes.
According to the information, the three dead are two nurses and a 70-year-old patient who was admitted to the clinic for surgery. On Wednesday, the health minister said that in addition to the pathogen, potential “toxic” and “environmental” causes would be examined. Water and air conditioning systems will be checked. (AFP/chs)
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