The Secretary of Health of Ceará (SESA) has confirmed at least 10 cases of Zika virus (ZikaV) in the state, according to a Globo report (computer translated). The information was released on Thursday afternoon on the agency’s website. According to Sesa, confirmations were made from the analysis of 14 samples taken in Evandro Chagas Institute (IEC), in Belém (PA).

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According to the agency, in the second half of May, after finding increasing reports of unspecified rash illness, they began collecting samples from suspected cases of fever by Zika virus patients treated at St. Joseph Hospital of Diseases infectious (HSJ).

The 55 samples were collected and sent to the IEC. To date, 14 samples were processed, with 10 of them confirmed to ZikaV. Ceará, as well as other states, awaiting official guidance from the Ministry of Health to implement the surveillance of fever by Zika virus.

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