Chief justice of Brazil’s top court hospitalized

Dias Toffoli has been diagnosed with lung inflammation

Published in 10/08/2020 - 11:28 By Karine Melo - Brasília

The chief justice of Brazil’s Supreme Court, Dias Toffoli, was hospitalized Sunday (Aug. 9) at a private hospital in Brasília with allergic pneumonitis.

The justice is reported to have tested negative for COVID-19 and will work normally during his hospitalization.

Pneumonitis

Hypersensitivity pneumonitis is a kind of inflammation in and around the small air sacs (alveoli) and the smaller airways (bronchioles) of the lungs caused by a hypersensitive reaction to the inhalation of organic dust or, less frequently, chemical substances.

This hypersensitivity leads to coughing, fever, chills, and shortness of breath hours after contact with the substance.

Translation: Fabrício Ferreira -  Edition: Valéria Aguiar

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