Officials uncover fatal outbreak's cause

The bacterium Legionella, which causes Legionnaires' disease, was blamed by health officials as the probable source of the sickness.

Located 670 miles northwest of Buenos Aires, San Miguel de Tucumán is the capital city of the Tucumán province and the site of the affected health centre.

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Sunday during a news conference, Health Minister Carla Vizzotti said that four samples from the dead patients tested positive for the bacterium.

She informed the press, "The genome of the Legionella bacteria was identified."
Indications point to Legionella pneumophila.

Legionnaires' disease is a severe pneumonia brought on by breathing water droplets contaminated with the Legionella bacterium

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