Brazil Reports First Confirmed Coronavirus Case in Latin America

THURSDAY, Feb. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Latin America's first confirmed case of the new coronavirus has been reported in Brazil.

The patient is a 61-year-old Brazilian man who traveled to Italy this month, officials said Wednesday, the Associated Press reported.

The man contracted the virus during a two-week work trip in northern Italy's Lombardy region, according to the health ministry.

"We will now see how this virus behaves in a tropical country in the middle of summer, how its behavior pattern will be," Brazil's Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta told the media, the AP reported.

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