In a follow-up on the Brazil yellow fever outbreak, Brazilian health officials today reported that the number of confirmed yellow fever cases in the current outbreak has reached 215.
In total, 1,060 suspected cases were registered, 765 of which remain under investigation and 80 were discarded. Of the 166 reported deaths, 70 were confirmed, 93 were still investigated and 3 were discarded.
The states of Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo, São Paulo, Bahia and Tocantins continue with cases under investigation and / or confirmed.
Since the beginning of the 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, 9.9 million extra doses were sent to five states: Minas Gerais (4.5 million), Espírito Santo (2.5 million), São Paulo (1.2 million), Bahia (900 thousand) and Rio Of January (850 thousand).
The Ministry of Health is releasing R$40 million (Brazilian real) to the municipalities most affected by yellow fever in the country. Of this total, R $ 13.8 million will be allocated to the 256 municipalities of five states, as an incentive to vaccinate the population against the disease. The municipalities are located in the states of Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo, Rio de Janeiro, Bahia and São Paulo, which cover an estimated population of 8.6 million people.
The Ministry of Health is also contributing another R $ 26.3 million, which represents 40% of health surveillance resources. The values should be applied in prevention actions in the area of surveillance for yellow fever.
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