The Brazil Ministry of Health reported this week (computer translated) on the measles situation in the country.


From the beginning of 2018, until January 8 of this year, 10,274 cases were confirmed in Brazil. 12 fatalities have been reported.

Currently, the country faces two outbreaks of measles: in Amazonas with 9,778 confirmed cases and in 355 cases in Roraima.

The outbreaks that occurred last year are related to importation, since the genotype of the virus (D8), which is circulating in Brazil, is the same that circulates in Venezuela, a country with a disease outbreak since 2017.

From January 2018 until January of this year, the Ministry of Health sent to the states of Rondônia, Amazonas, Roraima, Pará, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul, Pernambuco, Sergipe and the Federal District, the amount of 15.5 million of doses of the MMR vaccine to meet the demand for routine services and blocking actions, in addition to the intensification and vaccination campaign to prevent new cases of measles.