Manaus – The Ministry of Health released a recent assessment of measles cases in Brazil last week. According to the agency, only in the Amazon were confirmed 2,126 cases and 7,611 are under investigation. The data corresponds to the information passed on by the state health departments until October 29.
After Amazonas, it follows Roraima with 345 confirmed cases and 50 under investigation. It should be clarified that in these two states, the recorded increase in cases is due to notifications from previous weeks, which were still under investigation, and which were confirmed. Therefore, it is not necessarily new notified cases, since in both states the new cases curve is decreasing.
In Roraima, the highest concentration of cases occurred between February and April of this year. In Amazonas, the fall in the number of cases occurs from the beginning of August, with the peak in mid-July.
The outbreaks are related to importation, as the genotype of the virus (D8) that is circulating in the country is the same that circulates in Venezuela, a country that has faced an outbreak of the disease since 2017.
Some isolated and import-related cases were identified in the states of São Paulo (3), Rio de Janeiro (19); Rio Grande do Sul (43); Rondônia (2), Pernambuco (4), Pará (17), Federal District (1) and Sergipe (4). So far, in Brazil, 14 measles deaths have been confirmed, with four deaths in the state of Roraima, eight in Amazonas and two in Pará.
The Ministry of Health remains monitoring the situation and providing the necessary support to States. It should be clarified that the measures of blocking vaccination, even in suspect cases, are being carried out in all states.
The Ministry of Health, from January to October 2018, sent the amount of 13.2 million dollars to the states of Rondônia, Amazonas, Roraima, Pará, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul, Pernambuco, Sergipe and the Federal District. doses of the triple viral vaccine to meet the demand for routine services and the implementation of blocking, intensification and vaccination campaigns to prevent new cases of measles.
Regarding the National Measles Vaccination Campaign, all states that have confirmed measles cases reached the minimum goal of 95% coverage, except for the Federal District.