The World Health Organization (WHO) Monitors 10 Lung Diseases in Argentina
World Health Organization (World Health Organization) observe 10 cases namoniya The reason is unknown in Argentina. There are three cases of death as a result of the incident which is still unknown.
According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the pneumonia was linked to a private hospital in the city of San Miguel de Tucumán in the northwest of the country.
Initial reports on Tuesday (30/9) showed five health workers and a patient were admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit with symptoms between August 18 and 22.
On Thursday (1/9), local health officials reported three more cases bringing the total to nine, with three deaths. The three people who died had other medical conditions. Then on Friday (2/9), one more case was reported.
The patient’s symptoms are muscle and abdominal pain, and shortness of breath. Some patients also have pneumonia in both lungs.
However, PAHO reported that tests for known respiratory pathogens and other bacteria, viruses and fungi were negative.
The biological samples are then sent to the World Health Organization and the Argentine Medical Center for further testing which will include analysis for the presence of toxins.
Dr. Michael Osterholm, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Minnesota, said the disease may have originated from something the patient inhaled.
He initially suspected Legionnaires’ disease, which is caused by inhaling droplets containing Legionella bacteria, but tests did not confirm this.
Osterholm said “mysterious diseases” do occur occasionally, and often can be explained by other domestic outbreaks that have no symptoms.
He hopes to receive more details from Argentina’s health officials in the next five to seven days.