Brazilian MOH: 3893 Suspected Microcephaly Cases Under Investigation

Microcephaly Incidence – Brazil Epi Week 1


Although the full epidemiological report for week 2 has not yet been uploaded to the Brazilian MOH website, the press release below indicates 3893 suspected microcephaly cases are under investigation, an increase of 363 over last week’s number.

In a normal year Brazil records fewer than 200 microcephalic births, but since October that number has skyrocketed, with more than 3800 suspected cases reported in the past few months.

While a firm connection has yet to be established, the operating assumption is these birth defects are due to maternal infection with the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne illness that began to spread in Brazil less than a year ago.

Over the past week we’ve seen the CDC issue a revised travel advisory , a HAN: Recognizing, Managing & Reporting ZIka Virus Infections In Travelers for clinicians, and MMWR: Interim Guidelines For Pregnant Women During A Zika Outbreak.

Registration Date: 01/20/2016 17:01:47 changed in the 20.1.2016 the 17:01:32


Ministry of Health is acquiring 500 000 PCR tests for the virus, increasing the production capacity of one thousand to 20 thousand monthly diagnostics. Newsletter registers 3,893 suspected cases of microcephaly and points the breakdown of confirmed cases and discarded

PRESS RELEASE – The new epidemiological report released on Wednesday (20) by the Ministry of Health indicate 3,893 suspected cases of microcephaly. The notifications were registered until 16 January and took place in 764 municipalities in 21 Brazilian states. The report shows a breakdown of confirmed cases and discarded. The notified total of 224 had microcephaly confirmation, 6 confirmed the relationship with the Zika virus and other 282 were discarded. Continue research 3,381 suspected cases of microcephaly.

In total there were 49 reported deaths due to congenital malformations. These five have been confirmed for the relationship with the Zika virus, all in the Northeast, one in Ceará and four in Rio Grande do Norte. Additionally, the release also brings the laboratory investigation of a baby with microcephaly in Minas Gerais, which had the relationship with Zika diagnosed. This is the sixth confirmed the relationship of disease with the virus. These results add to the other scientific evidence obtained in 2015 and reinforce the hypothesis relationship between the Zika virus infection and the occurrence of microcephaly and other congenital malformations.

According to the report, the state of Pernambuco continues with the highest number of suspected cases (1,306), representing 33% of total registered across the country. Next are the states of Paraíba (665), Bahia (496), Ceará (216), Rio Grande do Norte (188), Sergipe (164), Alagoas (158), Mato Grosso (134) and Rio de Janeiro ( 122).

Currently, the movement of the Zika is confirmed by PCR with molecular biology technology. From the confirmation in a particular locality, the other diagnoses are made clinically, for medical assessment of symptoms. So far, they are with indigenous circulation of Zika virus 20 units of the federation. They are: Federal District, Mato Grosso do Sul, Roraima, Amazonas, Para, Rondonia, Mato Grosso, Tocantins, Maranhao, Piaui, Ceara, Rio Grande do Norte, Paraiba, Pernambuco, Alagoas, Bahia, Espírito Santo, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Paraná.

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“I’m just trying to survive. I don’t have any money in the…


“I’m just trying to survive. I don’t have any money in the bank. I pick up whatever minimum wage jobs that I can, mainly fast food. At the job program, they tell us that we should never tell an interviewer: ‘I need a job.’ Instead we’re supposed to say: ‘I like customer service.’ That’s true for me though. I do feel good when I’m providing customer service. It helps me not worry about all the other stuff in my life.”


So it’s been almost 2 weeks since my last post. I have been busy with life and trying to sound important. I have never quite understood the need for people to throw around titles or “dropping names”, it doesn’t ever really impress me and often I’m just confused as to who they are talking about. Recently I’ve worked with people that epitomize this behavior. 

I hope to never actually do this myself, but I cannot stand parroting, or rather repeating the exact same ideas, either verbatim or rephrased. When you cannot critically think about things, it is clear that you don’t have a good understanding, which brings me to the faith issue. Many believers, of whatever faith/religious practice, only seem to spout what has been said on TV or what they’ve heard has been said. If you don’t have a personal relationship with your faith… I dare question that said faith, as you are only practicing someone else’s faith. 
It’s not just a religious thing though, we have all seen things like the “cold bucket challenge”, made popular by celebrities, diet revolutions recommended by Oprah or whoever on TV or a magazine. When we are quick to jump on a new interest and hold no actual tie to it, we are flip floppers that will also jump wagon as soon as we joined it. 
I guess my problem is the loyalty issue. If we cannot be loyal, what exactly does that say of our character? We are in general not honest in our relationships, but become incensed when we feel betrayed or if we feel someone is not honest with us. We give an “inferior” quality treatment and expect everyone to provide us with that “superior” treatment. 
I’m ashamed to say that I have participated in said behavior at times when I have had nothing else to resort to, and all my efforts to be honest have been failed attempts, as nobody believes that there are real honest guys out there.
Perhaps I hide behind the mask of honesty while baring my heart for all to see, and this offends you, but I hope it doesn’t.

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It has been an overwhelming period of many things…

Something stopped me and took me by surprise.

My daughter Serena..

As my usual habit, I was pouring all my emotions of the experience with Nawal Saadawi and Youssef Zeedan on the kids. And of course they didn’t like it much. Of course…. Hearing the same story every ten minutes in every possible opportunity for a whole ten days. Serena is usually skeptical when she hears a man’s name. She quickly declares that she doesn’t like him and she shows disinterest. I guess my overwhelmed obsessive attitude must be suspicious as well.

Nawal wasn’t of more interest to them as well. Too much obsessiveness doesn’t convince my kids after all.

Until one day, last week, when I was watching Nawal on a YouTube of a few minutes where she was discussing her views on the veil.

Serena was caught with a…

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