Two people died this week in Tucuman (northwest Argentina) due to acute pneumonia of “unknown origin”, a fact that has alarmed the medical body, the health authorities announced yesterday Wednesday.
A total of six people, members of the nursing staff and a patient in an intensive care unit (ICU) of a clinic of Tucumanpresented this pathology.
One patient succumbed on Monday, a second on Wednesday, three more persons are hospitalized, while the sixth, whose condition is considered satisfactory, is at home in isolation, the Ministry of Health of Tucuman province clarified.
“These patients have in common that they had an acute respiratory infection, with bilateral pneumonia, and they present a picture very similar to that of COVIDbut was excluded”the provincial health minister, Luis, told the press Medina Ruiz.
Patients “have already been tested for COVID, influenza, influenza A and B, Hantavirus (s.b.: transmitted by rodents) and 25 other germs,” with negative results, he added.
According to Mr. Medina, it may be an infection due to an infectious agent, but the toxic and/or environmental causeswhile analyzes of water samples and the air conditioning systems.
The cases are “five members of the health staff and a patient of the intensive care unit of a private clinic in San Miguel de Tucuman”, who “began to show symptoms between August 18 and 22“, the national Ministry of Health clarified in a press release that it published.
“No new cases have been recorded since August 22,” not even among close contacts of the patients, which the provincial ministry described as “positive news,” assuring that the situation is “under control.”
Samples were sent to be urgently analyzed by the national reference laboratory, the Malbran Institute in Buenos Aires; results are expected by the end of the week.
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