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Zika breakout: Brazil confirms 91,387 cases so far; Rio de Janeiro tops list

News Agencies | Updated on: 27 April 2016, 15:55 IST

Brazil has confirmed 91,387 cases of Zika so far this year, including 7,584 pregnant women at risk of delivering babies with birth defects.

The country's health ministry on 25 April said that these figures led to the conclusion that the incidence of Zika in Brazil amounts to 44.7 cases for every 1,00,000 inhabitants, EFE news reported.

The figure also showed the rapid spread of the virus, which was first detected in April 2015 and which has now been found in all 27 states of the country.

Though the first cases occurred in Brazil's impoverished northeast, it is currently the rich, well-populated and developed southeast that has had the most Zika infections, with 35,505 cases reported compared with 30,286 in the northeast of the countr.

Rio de Janeiro, which will host the 2016 Olympic Games in a 100 days, has been hit the hardest, with 25,930 cases.

Up to now only three deaths have been confirmed to be directly related to Zika.

Between 22 October 2015 and 16 April 2016, 1,168 cases of microcephaly were confirmed in Brazil, while another 3,741 possible cases are still under study.

Of the microcephaly cases confirmed, the relation between the deformity and Zika has been established in 192 of them.

The relation between the virus and microcephaly was what obliged the health minister to declare a state of emergency nationwide in November 2015 and to intensify efforts to eliminate the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits Zika, dengue and Chikungunya.

First published: 27 April 2016, 15:55 IST
 
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