91,387 Cases of Zika Confirmed in Brazil This Year

FOX — Brazil has confirmed 91,387 cases of Zika so far this year, including 7,584 pregnant women at risk of having babies with birth defects, according to an epidemiology bulletin released Tuesday by the Health Ministry.

The ministry said the number leads to the conclusion that the incidence of Zika in Brazil amounts to 44.7 cases for every 100,000 inhabitants,

The figure also shows 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 the 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.

By states, Rio de Janeiro, which in 101 days will host the 2016 Olympic Games, has been hit the hardest, with 25,930 cases.

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