According to Argentinean health experts, Legionnaire’s disease may have been the source of an infectious pneumonia epidemic that claimed four lives.
The majority of the seven additional instances were discovered in a clinic in the northern province of Tucuman, where the deaths took place.
A dirty air conditioning system or polluted water are frequently blamed for the relatively uncommon lung illness.
This week, the World Health Organization was made aware of the virus cluster.
After examining the patients in the city of San Miguel de Tucuman, medical professionals seeking to identify the origin of the flu-like symptoms ruled out Covid-19, flu, and the hantavirus, a serious respiratory illness spread by rodents.
High fevers, bodily pains, and respiratory problems were among the symptoms.
The symptoms reportedly first manifested in six instances connected to the facility that occurred between August 18 and August 23, according to officials.
Water sources like rivers and lakes frequently contain the bacterium that causes the sickness, known as legionella, which can occasionally enter manmade water systems.
10% of those who get the illness are thought to pass away from infection-related complications.
The clinic was being made safe for everyone, according to Argentinean Health Minister Carla Vizzotti, who made the statement on Saturday.