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Legionella identified as cause of Pneumonia clusters

Cases of Pneumonia clusters found in Argentina are caused by Legionella. Argentina has been affected by the outbreak of Pneumonia clusters which is identified to be caused by Legionella, a bacterium that originates Legionnaires’ disease. As of 3rd September, around 10 cases were considered as the outbreak, including 4 deaths in the patients with extremely poor conditions.

WHO claims that the symptoms associated with this disease are fever, abdominal pain, muscle pain, and shortness of breath. The test is done by collecting blood, tissues, and respiratory samples of the patient. One the first day of outbreak, the test samples of those 11 patients were taken immediately, but all came negative for the respiratory virus and other fungal agents.The Argentina Ministry of Health was informed about the virus and started investigating about the source of origin and the method of preventing from spreading. Meanwhile WHO informed about the disease in more detail.

Legionnaires’ disease is a serious pneumonia that is obviously caused by the Legionella virus. It is communicable in nature and can spread through intake of water droplets, even in a very small portion, a serious infection in the respirator system. It can even spread if the bacteria are present at the showerheads, taps, or tanks, hot tubs, buckets, etc. wherever there is water.

WHO says this isn’t the first that Argentina has faced disease by this specific disease. However, until the source is origin is unidentified, it would be difficult for the scientists to make medicines or vaccines and the risk is moderately high in the doctors and nurses.

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