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VASCONCELOS, Cíntia Honório et al. Surveillance of the drinking water quality din the Legal Amazon: analysis of vulnerable areas. Cad. saúde colet. [online]. 2016, vol.24, n.1, pp.14-20.  Epub Feb 26, 2016. ISSN 1414-462X.

Low quality drinking water has been directly correlated to the occurrence of waterborne illnesses in northern Brazil. To minimize health risks related to the water supply, the Ministry of Health has proposed the implementation of the National Program for the Surveillance of Drinking Water Quality (VIGIAGUA) in Brazilian municipalities. Focusing on the Legal Amazon region, the present study demonstrates a historical account of the percentage of municipalities included in the VIGIAGUA program in place, which in 2013 reached 45.1% of the region municipalities. This study also identifies vulnerable areas in terms of the water quality in the states of Amapá, Amazonas and Maranhão. With this analysis of the current status of the drinking water supply, this study intends to support and direct the strategic efforts of environmental health monitoring in the region.

Keywords : legal Amazon; health surveillance; water quality and vulnerability.

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