Argentina: Strange Pneumonia Kills Three

A pneumonia of unknown origin has killed three people and sickened six others in Argentina, with tests for pneumonia-causing bugs, including COVID-19, coming back negative, according to the country’s health authorities.

All of the cases have been reported in Tucumán — a small region in the northwest of Argentina, around 800 miles from the capital of Buenos Aires — since late August, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

Eight of the cases were health workers, and the other was a patient from an intensive care unit in a private clinic in the city of San Miguel de Tucumán, it said. 

As of Thursday, three people had died, and all of them had underlying health conditions, it said.

Professor Devi Sridhar, chair of global health at Edinburgh University, UK, and author of “Preventable,” told The Telegraph: “It’s obviously concerning but we still need key information on transmission and hopefully [on the] underlying cause.”

The first six cases got symptoms — including fevers, muscle pain, abdominal pain, and difficulty breathing — between August 18 and August 22, according to Ministry of Public Health of Tucumán Province.

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