Amazonas, a state in northwestern Brazil, recorded their first suspected case of microcephaly since the country surge began, making it the 21st state to record a case, according to a health ministry press release today (computer translated).
Across the country the total of suspected cases jumped to 3,174 cases, up about 200 from last week.
In addition, 38 babies with microcephaly deaths possibly related to Zika virus are under investigation.
The state of Pernambuco, the first to identify an increase of microcephaly, continues with the greatest number of suspected cases (1,185), representing 37.33% of the total registered across the country. This is followed by the states of Paraíba (504), Bahia (312), Rio Grande do Norte (169), Sergipe (146), Ceará (134), Alagoas (139), Mato Grosso (123) and Rio de Janeiro ( 118).
Concerning Zika virus transmission, indigenous circulation has been reported from the following 19 states: Mato Grosso do Sul, Roraima, Amazonas, Para, Rondonia, Mato Grosso, Tocantins, Maranhao, Piaui, Ceara, Rio Grande do Norte, Paraiba, Pernambuco, Alagoas, Bahia, Espírito Santo, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Paraná.