By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

From the beginning of the year through May 8, Brazilian health officials have recorded 25,807 total chikungunya cases.

These numbers correspond a decrease of 22.6% of the cases in relation to the last year.

While overall cases are down, in two states the number of cases are up significantly: São
Paulo state has seen a more than 3000 percent increase compared to last year (8700 vs 256 cases, respectively).

In Minas Gerais, an increase of 140.8% in relation to the same 2020 period, which registered 1,251 probable cases (140.8 cases / 100 thousand inhab.). Until that week of 2021, 3,013 probable cases were registered (14.2 cases / 100 thousand inhab.)

Four chikungunya related deaths were reported from the following states–São Paulo (2), Espírito Santo (1) and Minas General (1). One death remains under investigation.

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Regarding viral detection for Chikungunya (CHIKV), the virus has been identified in the states of Amazonas, Roraima, Rio Grande do Norte, Pernambuco, Sergipe, Bahia, Tocantins, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, Mato Grosso do Sul, São Paulo, Paraná, Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul, Goiás and the Federal District.

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