A 48-year-old man died affected by bilateral pneumonia of unknown origin in Tucumán which brings the total to four fatalities from this cause, while new cases have been reported in recent hours and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported that it monitors the outbreak with Argentine health authorities.

“The Ministry of Public Health reports the death of a patient linked to the conglomerate of cases of pneumonia of unknown origin. It is a 48-year-old male patient, with comorbidities, who was hospitalized in serious condition in the sector public,” it was reported shortly before noon in an official statement.

There are four people who died as a result of bilateral pneumonia for a cause that is still being established and that they were infected in a private clinic in the capital of Tucumán.

Tucuman health officials also reported this Saturday the appearance of case number 11 and said that “it is a 64-year-old male patient, with comorbidities, hospitalized in serious condition with mechanical respiratory assistance, in the private sector.”

“Preliminary tests have been negative for the most common viral, bacterial and fungal agents,” said PAHO.

Authorities continue to investigate the outbreak and that the samples were sent to the National Administration of Laboratories and Health Institutes (ANLIS/Malbrán) to expand diagnostic studies, which are underway.

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