Pneumonia symptoms

Mysterious pneumonia: symptoms of a disease that killed 3 in Argentina

The European Center for Disease Control’s Epidemic Intelligence Team is reportedly monitoring the situation in Argentina

Three people have died and six others are sick in Argentina with a mysterious pneumonia “very similar to Covid”.

The European Center for Disease Control’s Epidemic Intelligence Team is reportedly monitoring the situation in Argentina

Here’s what you need to know.

What is the mystery disease?

During a press conference Thursday, September 1, Luis Medina Ruiz, Minister of Public Health for the province of Tucumán, reported the death of a 70-year-old patient and the identification of three employees of the establishment doctor showing symptoms.

He said: ‘What these patients have in common is the severe respiratory condition with bilateral pneumonia and compromise in the images [x-ray] very similar to Covid, but that is excluded.

Of the nine people infected so far, eight are believed to have been health workers and one of them was an intensive care patient being treated at a private clinic in Tucumán.

Dr Ruiz said of the intensive care patient: ‘She was hospitalized and had surgery for a gallbladder problem. She was re-operated twice. From then on, an infectious lung disease took place, the date of which coincides with the onset of symptoms in the other patients, around August 20.

“Although it is not yet clear who came first, at first she was considered patient zero, but she is being studied based on the further analyzes that are ongoing.

The medical facility has been placed under preventive isolation for seven days while authorities investigate the origin of the outbreak.

The European Center for Disease Control’s Epidemic Intelligence Team is monitoring the situation in Argentina and scientists from the World Health Organization are also monitoring the situation.

Is it Covid?

Authorities say symptoms of the mysterious illness were first reported between August 18 and 22, but experts have ruled out Covid, influenza and hantavirus as causes of the illness, according to local reports.

Dr Rogelio Calli, director of epidemiology for the provincial health system, said: “It’s very similar to Covid, hantavirus; it can be viruses or bacteria.

However, so far tests for Covid, hantavirus and some strains of legionella have returned negative results, the ministry said.

Authorities said they were continuing to apply the research protocol for blood cultures, sputum cultures, urine cultures and “all viruses and bacteria that we have in the province”.

“The most important thing is that if anyone has had a working relationship during these days with these patients and is showing symptoms, they come to our child care services and report it,” they added.