Brazil's Ministry of Health said on Friday that the number of people infected with the 19 polio virus rose to 1,539,081 with the Brazilian Ministry of Health on Friday. There were also 63,174 deaths.

In the past 24 hours, Brazil has reported 42,223 new infections and 1,290 additional deaths, the ministry said.

The state of Sao Paulo, the most populated city in the country, suffered the most from the disease, with 310,702 infections and 15,694 deaths, followed by Rio de Janeiro. There were 118,956 infections and 10,500 deaths.

Brazil has been declared the world's second most infected country after the United States.

Translated by: Mao Bopha January