"There is now enough scientific knowledge," said Secretary for Health Surveillance Adeilson Loureiro. "The efforts regarding research, supplies and the funds were enough. The studies continue, and we'll maintain the routine of fighting against the arboviruses," he stated.
The decision was made 18 months after the state of emergency was declared, the ministry reported, at a moment marked by a reduction in the number of Zika and microcephaly cases across the country. By April 15 this year, a total 7,911 cases of Zika was declared, a decline of 95.3% compared to 2016, when 170,535 cases were notified.
The data on microcephaly have showed a major fall in the number of new cases reported every week since May, 2016, the government says. The monthly number of cases has held at a steady 2% since January this year, whereas an increase of 135% in reports was observed at the high point of the crisis, in December 2015.
"From the pragmatic point of view, there's no change in assistance, monitoring, or diagnosis," Loureiro said, stressing that the end of the emergency status does not make public policies implemented in the period any weaker.