In a follow-up on the yellow fever outbreak in several states in Brazil, the health ministry reported today (computer translated) in the states of Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo, Bahia and São Paulo 598 suspected cases of the disease.
Of the total, 430 cases remain under investigation, 107 were confirmed and 31 discarded. Of the 113 reported deaths, 46 were confirmed, 64 are still investigated and 3 were discarded.
Since the beginning of this year, the Ministry of Health has sent extra doses of the yellow fever vaccine to states that are registering suspected cases of the disease, as well as others located in the border with areas that have reported cases.
In total, 7.5 million extra doses were sent to five states: Minas Gerais (3.5 million), Espírito Santo (1.7 million), Bahia (900 thousand), Rio de Janeiro (700 thousand) and São Paulo (700 thousand). The quantitative is an additional to the routine doses of the National Immunization Schedule, sent monthly to the states, which totaled 650 thousand in January.
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