Brazilian health authorities reported Tuesday that they detected what would be the first case of coronavirus in the country, and in Latin America, although they clarified that a new analysis for the final confirmation must still be performed.
The patient, according to official sources, is a 61-year-old Brazilian who He was between February 9 and 21 in Lombardy, in northern Italy, a country in which eleven deaths have been recorded and about 320 infected by the virus.
The first analyzes of that person, according to which he would have contracted the coronavirus, were performed at the Albert Einstein hospital, located in the southern part of the city of Sao Paulo, where he is admitted.
These results, still considered preliminary, have been sent to the Adolfo Lutz Institute, a national reference institute, so that a new analysis is carried out, before the case is officially confirmed as the first coronavirus in the country.
The authorities of the Ministry of Health have said they trust that the result of this new examination can be known on Wednesday, when a series of additional preventive measures would be taken based on the doctors’ conclusion.
According to sources at the Albert Einstein hospital, one of the most prestigious medical institutes in the country, the patient has presented some characteristic symptoms of the coronavirus, such as fever, cough, sore throat and itchy skin, but he is well and at the moment he is not at risk
The patient, according to official sources, is a 61-year-old Brazilian who was between February 9 and 21 in Lombardy, in northern Italy
So far, Brazilian health authorities have investigated 154 suspected cases, but 51 were ruled out and another 102 were classified as ‘excluded’ because they did not fit the World Health Organization (WHO) definition for the coronavirus.
The case under investigation is of a 21-year-old Brazilian, who resides in China and is currently in Rio de Janeiro.