In an update yesterday from the Brazil Ministry of Health (computer translated), the yellow fever outbreak case tally continues to grow. Brazil confirmed 723 cases and 237 deaths in the period from July 1, 2017 to February 28 of this year. In the same period last year, 576 cases and 184 deaths were confirmed.
Three states account for the vast majority of confirmed cases and deaths-Minas Gerais (314 cases/103 deaths), São Paulo (307/95) and Rio de Janeiro (96/38).
The Ministry of Health reinforces the importance of vaccination of the population of the states of Rio de Janeiro, Bahia and São Paulo during the campaign against yellow fever. Preliminary data from the three states indicate that by February 27, 5.5 million people have been vaccinated. The number corresponds to 23.2% of the intended audience in the campaign. The recommendation is that states continue to vaccinate until reaching high coverage.
To help states and municipalities carry out the campaign, the Ministry of Health passed 20.2 million doses of vaccine to the states in the year 2018. For the states of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Bahia, 15.7 million doses were sent for the implementation of the Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaign. There were 10.7 million for São Paulo, 4.7 million for Rio de Janeiro and 300 thousand for Bahia.
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