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Second military commander potentially exposed to coronavirus during dignitary visit

Adm. Craig Faller, commander of the U.S. Southern Command shakes hands with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in Miami on March 8, 2020.

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By CAITLIN M. KENNEY | STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 13, 2020

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WASHINGTON — The commander of U.S. Southern Command has potentially been exposed to coronavirus during a visit by the Brazilian president, the second senior military leader to potentially be exposed to the illness. 

Navy Adm. Craig Faller met with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro during his visit March 8 to the SOUTHCOM headquarters building in Miami. A member of Bolsonaro’s delegation has tested positive for coronavirus, according to a statement Thursday by SOUTHCOM. The command has been working to contact every person who supported the visit.

As of Thursday afternoon, Faller “has not experienced symptoms and has not been tested,” according to the statement.

A major Brazilian newspaper, O Dia, reported Friday that Bolsonaro tested positive. However, the president posted on Twitter that he has tested negative, Business Insider reported. Bolsonaro’s communications chief has tested positive.

On Tuesday, the Army announced Lt. Gen. Christopher Cavoli, the commander of U.S. Army Europe, had potentially been exposed to coronavirus during a conference and was working from home while self-monitoring his health.

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Commander of the U.S. Southern Command Adm. Craig Faller, testifies at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Jan. 30, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Faller has potentially been exposed to coronavirus after he met the Brazilian president in Miami on March 8.
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