WHO Monitors Pneumonia Cases of Unknown Origin in Argentina

WHO is monitoring a cluster of 10 cases of pneumonia from an unknown cause in an outbreak in Argentina.

According to WHO's regional office, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the case is linked to one private clinic in the city of San Miguel de Tucumán.

Initial reports on Tuesday included five health care workers and one patient.

On Thursday, local health officials reported three more cases.

Argentina reported another case on Friday.

According to PAHO, tests for known respiratory viruses and other viruses, bacteria and fungi were negative.

Biological samples were sent to Argentina's national and health laboratories for additional testing.

Dr. Michael Osterholm, an infectious disease expert at the University of Minnesota, says the lungs play a big role.

PAHO and WHO are monitoring the outbreak and are supporting investigations by local health authorities.

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