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Brazil Confirms First Case of New Coronavirus in Latin America

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Brazilian authorities said on Feb. 26 that tests confirmed the first case of the new coronavirus in the country. The 61-year-old man, who lives in Sao Paulo, traveled to Italy earlier this month.

The confirmed case is the first in Latin America. Previously, only the United States and Canada had confirmed cases in the Americas.

Brazils Ministry of Health said that the first test, which was done at Albert Einstein Hospital, came back positive. A counterproof conducted at the Adolfo Lutz Institute confirmed the infection.

The patient is in good condition and is at home with his family, authorities said at a press conference on Wednesday. Theyre working on locating people who came into contact with him, including passengers on the plane that he flew back to Brazil with.

The man traveled to Italy between Feb. 9 and Feb. 21. He showed symptoms of the virus, including a fever, a cough, a sore throat, and a runny nose, authorities said in a statement.

Italy has reported a spike in cases this week, prompting lockdowns of cities and towns across several northern regions. Italy has by far the highest number of confirmed cases in Europe.

Brazil has 20 suspected cases, the confirmed case, and 59 patients who have tested negative.

The confirmed case presents health officials with a new environment to study the virus, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, Brazils minister of health, told reporters.

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Airport Passengers wearing masks as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus COVID-19 at the Sao Paulo International Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Feb. 26, 2020. (Andre Penner/AP Photo)
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Members of sanitation services sanitize a vaporetto public waterbus in Venice on Feb. 26, 2020. (Andrea Pattaro/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now well see how this virus behaves in the Southern hemisphere, in the situation of a tropical country, in the middle of summer. How its going to behave. Its a new virus,” he said.

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