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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

Print version ISSN 0037-8682On-line version ISSN 1678-9849

Abstract

AMORIM, Andréa Monteiro de; CARVALHO, Fernando Martins; LIRA-DA-SILVA, Rejâne Maria  and  BRAZIL, Tania Kobler. Scorpion sting in an area of Nordeste de Amaralina, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2003, vol.36, n.1, pp.51-56. ISSN 0037-8682.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0037-86822003000100008.

An epidemiological study was undertaken to determine the prevalence of individuals who referred scorpion sting accidents in a population sample from Areal, a neighborhood northeast of Amaralina, Salvador City, State of Bahia, Brazil. A random, systematic sample of 1,367 individuals was taken, corresponding to 44.4% of the total population. Eighty-two residents referred scorpion sting since they were resident in Areal, giving a prevalence coefficient of 6% (95% CI 4.7 - 7.3). The prevalence of persons stung by scorpions increased according to greater time spent in the domicile and more advanced age. It was remarkable that 92.7% of the scorpions stings occurred within the home. The incidence coefficient estimated for the most recent period of time (January to July, 2000) was 1.15 cases/1,000 inhabitants per month, comparable to the highest ever reported for an epidemic area.

Keywords : Scorpion stings; Prevalence; Incidence; Survey.

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