Feb 26, 2020 - Health

Brazil confirms first coronavirus case in Latin America

Revelers participate in the celebration of the street carnival of Bloco do Caixao on February 25, 2020 in Ouro Preto, Brazil. (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)

Revelers participate in the celebration of the street carnival of Bloco do Caixao on Tuesday in Ouro Preto, Brazil. Photo: Pedro Vilela/Getty Images

Brazil's health ministry confirmed the first novel coronavirus case in Latin America Wednesday — a 61-year-old that tested positive after returning from a visit to northern Italy, the epicenter of Europe's outbreak.

Why it matters: The case comes in the midst of Carnival, a peak time for domestic travel that draws millions of revelers in major cities. Brazil is tracking 20 suspected cases of the virus in the country, according to health officials.

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