A member of one of Ecuador’s indigenous Amazon tribes has become the first tribesperson in the country to be infected with the coronavirus, health officials announced on Sunday.
The infected person was described as a 17-year-old pregnant woman from the Waorani tribe who started showing symptoms on May 4. She was taken to a hospital in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, and placed in isolation, a health ministry statement said.
Ecuador’s federal government worked with indigenous leaders to check on 40 people the woman contacted within the Miwaguno community, according to the Agence France-Presse.
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