November 25, 2015
Brazilian officials reported an unusual increase in the number of cases of microcephaly, a rare neurological condition, among infants in the country’s northeastern region, according to a WHO news release.
The Brazilian Ministry of Health notified the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and WHO of the increased incidence in October. As of Nov. 17, there were 399 cases under investigation in seven states. Officials said the majority of cases are in Pernambuco (n = 268), while there occurrences in Sergipe, Rio Grande do Norte, Paraiba, Piaui, Ceara and Bahia.