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.

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


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