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Epidemiologia e Serviços de Saúde

Print version ISSN 1679-4974On-line version ISSN 2237-9622


RODRIGUES, Meire da Silva Pereira et al. Repercussions of Zika virus emergency on the health of the population of Tocantins state, Brazil, 2015 and 2016: a descriptive study. Epidemiol. Serv. Saúde [online]. 2020, vol.29, n.4, e2020096.  Epub July 24, 2020. ISSN 1679-4974.


To describe the occurrence of Zika virus disease and its complications in the state of Tocantins and in its capital, the city of Palmas.


This was a descriptive study using data from health information systems.


Incidence of reported Zika virus disease cases in 2015 and 2016 was 295.2/100,000 inhabitants and 411.1/100,000 inhab. in the general population, and 5.9/1,000 and 27.8/1,000 live births, respectively. Higher risks occurred in women, the 20-39 year age group, municipalities in the central and northwestern regions of the state and in hotter months (February and March). Incidence of Zika-related microcephaly during pregnancy was 0.06/1,000 live births. One case of Guillain-Barré Syndrome resulting from Zika virus infection was confirmed.


Zika virus disease hit Tocantins intensely, although its adverse outcomes were less frequent than in other states.

Keywords : Zika Virus; Zika Virus Infection; Epidemics; Microcephaly; Epidemiology, Descriptive.

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