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Doctors also reported a severe respiratory condition with bilateral pneumonia and X-ray images similar to Covid hantavirus.

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New Delhi: 11 serious cases of “mystery pneumonia”, including four deaths, were recently reported in the city of San Miguel de Tucumán, Tucuman province, Argentina. Confirmed as Legionellosis, the disease is a pneumonia-like illness that ranges in severity from mild to severe and sometimes even fatal. Initially, experts were unsure of the cause – but on September 3, Legionella bacteria was identified as the causative organism.

All cases reported between 18e-25e August were linked to the same healthcare facility – and of the 11 cases, eight were healthcare workers and the rest were patients. Three of the four deaths involved health workers. In most cases, the symptoms were:

  1. Dyspnea
  2. Myalgia
  3. Fever
  4. Abdominal pain

What is Legionnaire’s disease?

According to the Cleveland Clinic, Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia that develops when bacteria infect the lungs. The L.pneumophila is the root cause of disease and is commonly found in small amounts in lakes, rivers and reservoirs.

What are the symptoms of Legionnaire’s disease?

The classic symptoms of pneumonia are:

  1. Diarrhea
  2. high fever
  3. Cough
  4. Confusion

Doctors also reported severe respiratory conditions with bilateral pneumonia and X-ray images similar to Covid hantavirus.

Who is at risk for mystery pneumonia?

Experts say people with comorbidities like hypertension, diabetes, obesity, respiratory problems, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or those who follow bad habits like smoking are more prone to the disease. The average patient age was 45 years and most patients had one of the mentioned comorbidities.

According to the World Health Organization, no direct human-to-human transmission of the infection has yet been reported. Although Legionnaires’ disease is not primarily contagious, it is always advisable to be extra careful as the disease can be life-threatening.

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