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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

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COELHO, Giovanini E. et al. Atividades preliminares do programa de controle e tratamento da oncocercose no território Yanomâmi, Roraima, Brasil. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 1997, vol.30, n.1, pp.69-72. ISSN 0037-8682.

After to characterize the clinic and epidemiological picture of the onchocerciasis in Yanomâmi region, RR, Brazil, begun in 1993, the National Health Foundation (FNS) implemented a Control and Treatment Pilot Project in Tootobi and Balawaú. Here, it was studied skin biopsies from 426 inhabitants. In the nodules of 86.7% from patients was encountered Onchocerca volvulus. The over-all prevalence in the examined population was 66.2%. The treatment with ivermectin covered 80.1% of total population. Adverse reactions, light and moderate, of the medicament were reported in 12.3% of the patients. These results agreeing with the medical literature and suggesting the viability of to increase of the programme for all Yanomâmi area in the next phase.

Keywords : Onchocerciasis [control]; Onchocerca volvulus [ivermectin]; Yanomâmi [Brazil].

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