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Brazil confirms first coronavirus case in Latin America

Brazil confirms first coronavirus case in Latin America Photo: ABC News

MARCELO DE SOUSA and MAURICIO SAVARESE Associated Press
Created: February 26, 2020 12:51 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Brazil's government has confirmed the first case of the new coronavirus in Latin America. The health minister said Wednesday that a 61-year-old man who traveled to Italy's Lombardy region has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

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The man had begun to show symptoms compatible with the illness, like a dry cough, throat pain and flu symptoms, and so was tested for the virus.

Since the illness began to spread throughout the world, Brazil and other countries in the region have registered dozens of suspected cases, all of which previously had been discarded. 

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