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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
Print version ISSN 0037-8682
BARATA, Ricardo Andrade et al. Control of visceral leishmaniasis in the town of Porteirinha, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, from 1998 to 2003. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2011, vol.44, n.3, pp. 386-388. ISSN 0037-8682. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0037-86822011000300025.
INTRODUCTION: In the town of Porteirinha, State of Minas Gerais, 23 human cases of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in 1998 and 1999 were recorded. METHODS: A study was conducted involving the triad of action recommended for the control of VL. Patients were treated and serologically positive dogs were euthanized quarterly. The pyrethroid insecticide α-cypermethrin was applied in the neighborhoods where human cases were recorded. RESULTS: A reduction in canine seroprevalence and sand flies occurred following the implementation of control measures, reflecting in a reduction in human cases of VL. CONCLUSIONS: The results show the efficiency of such control measures when used in association.
Keywords : Visceral leishmaniasis; Control measures; Porteirinha.