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BOIA, Márcio Neves et al. Tuberculosis and intestinal parasitism among indigenous people in the Brazilian Amazon region. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2009, vol.43, n.1, pp.176-178. ISSN 1518-8787.

The objective of the survey was to estimate the frequencies of tuberculosis and intestinal parasitosis in indigenous communities at the locality of Iauareté, Northern Brazil, in 2001. This was a cross-sectional survey (n=333) aimed at obtaining demographic data and biological samples for sputum and feces examinations. Among the 43 individuals with respiratory symptoms, six presented alcohol/acid-fast bacilli in sputum. Intestinal parasitosis was significantly more frequent among the Hüpda population than among the Indians living in other districts (37.5% vs. 19.3% for Ascaris lumbricoides, 32.4% vs. 16.3% for Trichuris trichiura, 75% vs. 19.3% for hookworms, 75% vs. 35.4% for Entamoeba histolyticaD dispar and 33.3% vs. 10.7% for Giardia lamblia). It is concluded that tuberculosis and intestinal parasitism are frequent in these communities, thus requiring control measures and better medical care.

Keywords : Indigenous Population; Tuberculosis [epidemiology]; Parasitic Diseases [epidemiology]; Cross-Sectional Studies; Brazil.

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