The Brazil Ministry of Health has confirmed 545 yellow fever cases and 164 deaths in the period from July 1, 2017 to February 20 this year, according to a news release Wednesday (computer translated). This is up from 409 cases and 118 deaths one week ago.

In the same period last year, 557 cases and 178 deaths were confirmed.

The Ministry of Health reinforces the importance of vaccination of the population of the states of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo during the campaign against yellow fever. Preliminary data from the states of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo indicate that as of Monday, 5.1 million people were vaccinated, 4.7 million with fractional doses and 422,600 with standard doses.

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The number corresponds to 25.2% of the intended audience in the Southeast. The recommendation is that states continue to vaccinate until reaching high coverage. The state of Bahia started the campaign in eight municipalities Monday.