Thanks to Mike Coston for spotting the February 12 update from the Brazilian Ministry of Health: Ministério da Saúde investiga 3.852 casos suspeitos de microcefalia no país.[Ministry of Health investigates 3,852 suspected microcephaly cases in the country] I'm sorry to say the ministry still thinks those animated mosquitoes on their website are cute. Here an edited excerpt from the Google translation:
A new report shows that 462 microcephaly cases and other neurological disorders have been confirmed, 41 with respect to the Zika virus. Seven hundred and sixty-five cases were discarded.The Ministry of Health and the states are investigating 3,852 suspected cases of microcephaly across the country. The new report released on Friday (12) points out, too, that 462 cases have had confirmation of microcephaly and/or other disorders of the central nervous system, and 41 with respect to the Zika virus. This week 24 new cases were confirmed, compared with the previous week.Another 765 cases reported were discarded because they had tested normal, or because other infectious causes caused the microcephaly and /or changes in the central nervous system. In all, 5,079 suspected cases of microcephaly have been recorded since the start of the investigation on October 22, 2015 until February 6, 2016. Of this total, 62.5% of cases (3,174) were reported in 2015 and 37.5% ( 1,905) in 2016.The state of Pernambuco remains with the largest number of confirmed cases in relation to the Zika virus (33), followed by Rio Grande do Norte (4), Paraíba (2) and Ceará and Pará with one case each. Amapá and Amazonas are the only states of the federation which have no report of suspected cases of microcephaly.In total, 91 deaths were reported by microcephaly and/or alteration of the central nervous system after birth (stillbirth) or during pregnancy (miscarriage). Of these, 24 were investigated and confirmed for microcephaly and/or alteration of the central nervous system, of which eight were discarded. Another 59 are still under investigation.It should be noted that the Ministry of Health is investigating all cases of microcephaly and other disorders of the central nervous system, informed by the states and the possible relationship with the Zika virus and other congenital infections. Microcephaly can be caused by various infectious agents beyond Zika, such as syphilis, toxoplasmosis, other infectious agents, rubella, cytomegalovirus and viral herpes.According to the report, the 462 confirmed cases were reported in 175 municipalities in 13 states: Alagoas, Bahia, Ceará, Espírito Santo, Goiás, Mato Grosso do Sul, Pará, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Piauí, Rio Grande do Norte, Rio de Janeiro and Rio Grande do Sul. The Northeast region has the largest number of confirmed cases and Pernambuco continues with the highest number of confirmed cases (167), followed by the states of Bahia (101), Rio Grande do Norte (70), Paraíba (54), Piauí (29) and Alagoas (21).