Unknown virus causes pneumonia and kills two patients in Argentina

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The Ministry of Public Health of the Argentine province of Tucumán announced this Wednesday the death of a second person infected by an unknown virus which caused bilateral pneumonia.

We have detected six patients with bilateral pneumoniaof which one – belonging to the health personnel – died last Monday, four are hospitalized in serious condition, and one is in home isolation,” the province’s Minister of Health, Luis Medina Ruiz, said at a press conference before the second death was reported.

All those infected began to present symptoms between August 18 and 22 and They were tested to detect Covid-19, Influenza, Influenza A and even B, all of which were negative.as detailed by Medina in statements on public television.

Possibly it is an infectious etiological agent (a virus), and we must demonstrate that and find out what it is, if it is a viral infectious germ with a not so severe contagion, ”said the provincial Minister of Health, adding that since last August 22 there have been no new patients with this painting.

In addition, the health authorities are working to carry out the investigation of the outbreak, which includes the follow-up of the contacts of the cases and specific control actions in the health center where the outbreak arose, the ministry added in a statement.

All the registered cases correspond to five health workers and one patient from the intensive care service of the private hospital of San Miguel de Tucumán. (Europe Press)