The July 27 report from the Florida Department of Health contained the news that an additional two cases of Zika viral illness are being investigated by public health authorities as non-travel related. The total for the state is now four such cases. The DoH has not confirmed if the four patients contracted their illnesses through local transmission of the virus, through sex or by some other means.
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The Brazilian Ministry of Health has released the latest data concerning reported cases of microcephaly in that nation and its possible links to Zika viral illnesses. The report is titled “Microcefalia: 1.749 casos confirmados no Brasil“, and represents about 37 weeks of reports, through July 23, 2016. The country has averaged 120 new reports of the birth defect over the last nine weeks.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ought to be ashamed. It is incapable of gathering data in a timely manner, and its failures with Zika viral illnesses is yet another case in point. The latest data on “Pregnant Women with Any Lab Evidence of Zika Virus Infection” as I write this is from July 14. Today is 13 days later.
In a June 30 post, I discussed a study published in the Lancet, titled “Congenital Zika virus syndrome in Brazil: a case series of the first 1501 live births with complete investigation”. (1) I had raised a number of issues and I wrote the corresponding author for some clarification. I have received a response from Prof. Cesar G Victora.
The Lancet has just released online an important study about the occurrence of microcephaly in Brazil and its relationship to maternal Zika viral illnesses. “Congenital Zika virus syndrome in Brazil: a case series of the first 1501 live births with complete investigation”  presents the first analysis of the medical records and associated data from the microcephaly reports investigated by the Brazilian Ministry of Health. The data is a significant addition to what is known about the situation in Brazil. The study’s authors, however, raise some questions and their conclusions may not be well supported by their data.