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So far, the World Health Organization (WHO) does not recommend the establishment of “any travel or trade restrictions with Argentina”.

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According to the Argentine Ministry of Health, there have been six deaths from the so-called Legionnaires’ disease.

The WHO said that of the 11 cases reported at a private health center in the city of San Miguel de Tucumán, eight are health workers and three are patients at the health facility.

The cases emerged between August 18 and 25, the WHO added, noting that the patients had symptoms of pneumonia, fever, muscle and abdominal pain and difficulty breathing.

The United Nations (UN) agency said the most common form of transmission is the inhalation of contaminated aerosols from contaminated water sources.

Laboratory surveillance, case identification and clinical care, contact tracing and outbreak investigation to determine the origin and take necessary measures to prevent new infections are WHO recommendations.

Legionnaires’ disease is similar to pneumonia and ranges in severity from a mild fever to a severe and sometimes fatal form of pneumonia, according to the WHO.

Since there is no vaccine to prevent the disease, early diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics can reduce disease severity and complications.


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