Thursday, 17 March 2016

Microcephaly: diagnoses and discards and those with Zika virus...Report #17 from Brazil

The latest Brazil MOH report on microcephaly diagnoses was released 16-MAR-2016 – Report #17 which extends the data to 12-MAR-2016; epidemiological week #9.[1]

The following is a summary of info after translation via Google.

  • There have been 6,480 (+322 since last week) reported suspected diagnoses of microcephaly since some unspecified date in 2015 
    • 4,268 (+37) remain under investigation 
      • 2,212 (+285; 52% of those under investigation) cases have been investigated and classified 
      • 863 (+118; 39% of those investigated, 13% of all reported) have been confirmed as microencephaly
      • 94 (+6; 11% of confirmed microcephaly cases; 1% of suspected cases) have been laboratory confirmed as Zika virus infections (PCR or serology but no specifics on which or whether mum/foetus/infant/samples etc) 
      • 1,349 (+167; 61% of those investigated, 21% of all reported) have been discarded
Notified and confirmed microcephaly diagnoses by municipality, Brazil.[1]

Population density in Brazil by State, 2014.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Brazilian_states_by_population_density





My thanks to Jorge Pontual for the early alert to the release of these MOH reports-and the chats about them.

References… 
  1. http://portalsaude.saude.gov.br/images/pdf/2016/marco/16/COES-Microcefalias---Informe-Epidemiol--gico-17--SE-10-2016--16mar2016--13h.pdf
  2. http://portalsaude.saude.gov.br/index.php/cidadao/principal/agencia-saude/22649-microcefalia-4-268-casos-suspeitos-continuam-em-investigacao