microcephaly in Colombia–medical report

6-15-16

From August 9, 2015, through April 2, 2016, a total of 65,726 cases of ZVD were reported in Colombia….

National Surveillance for Microcephaly

From January 1, 2016, to April 28, 2016, a total of 50 infants with possible microcephaly were reported to the national surveillance system for birth defects. Of these cases, 26 are still under investigation, and 20 were deemed to have resulted from causes other than Zika virus infection, including STORCH (syphilis, toxoplasmosis, other agents, rubella, cytomegalovirus, and herpes) infections, genetic causes, neural-tube defects, and other causes among infants with negative results on Zika RT-PCR whose mothers had no symptoms of ZVD during pregnancy. Four infants with microcephaly had laboratory evidence of congenital Zika virus infection on RT-PCR assay, a negative STORCH evaluation, and normal karyotypes.     http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1604037#t=article

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6-10-16  The Health Ministry of Peru (Minsa) announced that the count of registered Zika cases has reached 91 of which 35 are pregnant women  http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-91-zika-cases-confirmed-in-peru-109718

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3-16-16

Trying to document a public health crisis that the government has yet to proclaim as such is beyond challenging. The Venezuelan socialist government does not release epidemiological data, in the same way that it refuses to release basic statistics on crime or inflation. (It didn’t even report its first Zika case until November, and then only to the W.H.O., not the public.)

Brazil, which first detected Zika in May 2015, estimates that 1.5 million people have been infected; Colombia has registered close to 43,000 actual cases. Venezuela’s official estimate remains at 5,000 cases, a tiny percentage of the more than 400,000 cases that researchers at the Venezuelan Society of Public Health, a group openly critical of the government, have estimated.      http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/03/16/zika-virus-venezuela-manu-quintero/?_r=2

 

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