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Revista de Saúde Pública

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Rev. Saúde Pública vol.51  São Paulo  2017  Epub June 22, 2017 

Original Articles

Prevalence and factors associated with human brucellosis in livestock professionals

Franco Cazembe MufindaI  II 

Fernando BoinasIII 

Carla NunesI  IV 

IEscola Nacional de Saúde Pública. Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Lisboa, Portugal

II Direcção Provincial de Saúde do Namibe-Angola. Moçâmedes, Namibe, Angola

IIICentro Interdisciplinar de Sanidade Animal. Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária. Universidade de Lisboa. Lisboa, Portugal

IVCentro de Investigação em Saúde Pública. Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Lisboa, Portugal



The objective of this study is to estimate the seroprevalence of human brucellosis in livestock professionals and analyze the factors associated with brucellosis focusing on sociodemographic variables and the variables of knowledge and practices related to the characteristics of the activities carried out in livestock.


This is a cross-sectional seroepidemiological study with a population of 131 workers of butchers, slaughter rooms, and slaughterhouse and 192 breeders sampled randomly in Namibe province, Angola. The data were obtained from the collection of blood and use of questionnaires. The laboratory tests used were rose bengal and slow agglutination. The questionnaire allowed us to collect sociodemographic information and, specifically on brucellosis, it incorporated questions about knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of livestock professionals. In addition to the descriptive statistical approach, we used the Chi-square test of independence, Fisher’s test, and logistic regression models, using a significance level of 10%.


The general weighted prevalence of brucellosis was 15.6% (95%CI 13.61–17.50), being it 5.3% in workers and 16.7% (95%CI 11.39–21.93) in breeders. The statistical significance was observed between human seroprevalence and category (worker and breeder) (p < 0.001) and education level (p = 0.032), start of activity (p = 0079), and service location (p = 0.055). In a multivariate context, the positive factor associated with brucellosis in professionals was the professional category (OR = 3.54; 95%CI 1.57–8.30, related to breeders in relation to workers).


Human brucellosis in livestock professionals is prevalent in Namibe province (15.6%), where the professional category was the most important factor. The seroprevalence levels detected are high when compared with those found in similar studies.

Key words: Brucellosis, epidemiology; Animal Husbandry; Occupational Risks; Socioeconomic Factors; Seroepidemiologic Studies


Brucellosis is a zoonosis that comes from the direct or indirect contact with animal infection. It is an infectious disease caused by bacteria of the genus Brucella. In cattle, it is commonly caused by Brucella abortus9,20,30.

Brucellosis is still a global problem of public health, with approximately 500,000 new cases of human infection every year, considering all the species of Brucella, although most developed countries have already controlled it21,a,b. In humans, it is manifested by fever and muscle and bone pain, and it is under-diagnosed worldwide8. In tropical countries such as Angola, where communicable infectious diseases are prevalent, brucellosis is confused symptomatically with several diseases, such as malaria, leptospirosis, and typhoid feverb,c,d. The literature reports that the most common causes of infection have been the labor conditions linked to exposed livestock professionals (veterinarians, slaughterhouse workers, and animal breeders) and consumption of infected products (meat, milk, and dairy products)1,10. The incidence of human infection varies depending on the degree of prevalence of animal infection, socioeconomic level, and eating habits22.

Ingestion, direct contact, and inhalation are indicated as the main forms of infection transmission, but the relative importance of the mode of transmission and gateways of the etiological agent vary according to the epidemiological area, animal reservoirs, occupational groups, and consumers exposed to the risk8,10,13,c,d,e.

The control of brucellosis involves animal disease eradication, control of the movement of unpasteurized milk and dairy products, compliance with biosecurity measures in the workplace of professionals at risk of infection (use of personal and collective protective equipment), and implementation of epidemiological surveillance for early detection of cases. These measures aim to establish barriers against the modes of contamination5,10,e,f.

The objective of this study was to estimate the seroprevalence of human brucellosis in livestock professionals in Namibe province, Angola, and analyze the factors associated with brucellosis focusing on sociodemographic variables and the variables of knowledge and practices related to the characteristics of the activities carried out in livestock.


This cross-sectional epidemiological study, conducted in 2012, took place in Namibe, one of the 18 provinces of the Republic of Angola (in the Southwest). Namibe has a surface of 57,097 km2 and an Atlantic maritime boundary line of approximately 480 km. Administratively, it consists of five municipalities: Namibe, Tômbwa, Virei, Kamucuio, and Bibala. Population is estimated at 1,195,779 inhabitants with a density of 21 inhab/km2, and its economy focuses mainly on fishing, cattle breeding, and agricultureg.

On the Northwest and Southeast of this province, the creation of all types of livestock is practiced, based on traditional and rudimentary techniques of veterinary care. The region has a herd of 500,500 heads of cattleg.

This study focused on livestock professionals, specifically cattle breeders and workers of slaughterhouse, butchers, and municipal slaughter rooms. Both work daily with animals and present increased risk of infection as they do not use biosecurity measures and consume unpasteurized milk and dairy products. Additionally, breeders have increased risks of contact with infected remains of abortions or postpartum8,14,h.

In December 2011, 131 workers were officially registered in the Provincial Department of Animal Husbandry of Namibe. The number of breeders was 1,204, distributed as follows in the five municipalities that make up Namibe: 748 (Bibala), 276 (Kamucuio), 118 (Virei), 51 (Namibe), and 11 (Tômbwa). All workers (131) were part of the study. In relation to breeders, we used a stratified random sampling, in which the strata proportionally represent the different municipalities6.

For an expected prevalence of human brucellosis of 5%, a margin of error of 3%, and a 10% increase to mitigate non-response or incomplete response, we set sample size at 192i. Thus, the respective sample sizes by strata (municipalities) were: Bibala (nB = 113), Kamucuio (nK = 44), Virei (nV = 19), Namibe (nN = 9), and Tômbwa (nT = 7). The selection of breeders was carried out using a table of random numbers generated by the program OpenEpi®, version 2.3.1j.

For the serological study, we collected 5 ml of venous blood from each professional, with a G21 needle and 5 ml plastic syringe. Blood was centrifuged for subsequent removal of the serum. Serum samples were stored in plastic microtubes and frozen at -20ºC until serological testing.

Collections were carried out in situ, at health centers, or municipal hospitals. Serological tests were carried out in the Veterinary Research Institute of Huila and the Provincial Hospital Laboratory Ngola Kimbanda of Namibe.

The tests were done using a serial testing protocol starting with screening by the rose bengal test (RBT), and then the positive results were confirmed by the slow agglutination test (SAT)4,e, a common practice in the serological diagnosis of human brucellosis1,2,e,k.The seroprevalence result from the rose bengal test is classified as positive when the agglutination test is positive. The seroprevalence result from the SAT is considered as positive when it presents partial or complete agglutination. For identification of positive cases in this study, we set the cutoff point of SAT serology at 1:1602,9 with prior RBTk.

In 2009, based on a literature review, a questionnaire was developed on the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of livestock professionals, later translated by a traditional leader with a background in health to the local dialect (Nhaneca-Umbi)b,c. The same questionnaire was used herein, applied by local health agents, with local dialect proficiency and previously trained. This training consisted of basic information about the disease and application and filling of the questionnaire, and we clearly stated that their intervention could only clarify any questions about the content and interpretation of the questionnaire, and they could not influence the answer.

As for demographic characterization of the professionals under analysis, we considered the following variables: age group, gender, place of birth (province of Namibe and other), education level (no education and basic education), service location (SOFRIO Slaughterhouse and butchers of Namibe, municipal slaughter rooms, and farms of the different municipalities), start of activities (minor: < 18 years and adult: ≥ 18 years), and formal entry in the activity (legacy [heir] , entrepreneur, and hired).

Risk factors under analysis were knowledge of professionals and their practices: 1) have ever heard of brucellosis; 2) fresh milk transmits brucellosis; 3) animal fetal materials transmit brucellosis; 4) pasture is near water sources; 5) existence of wetlands along the pasture; 6) there is replacement of herd with cattle from other pens; 7) sale of fresh milk and unpasteurized dairy products; and 8) abortion remains are abandoned in the pasture. Questions 1, 2, and 3, which address knowledge, were made to all professionals (breeders and workers) and the rest (about the characteristics of the farm and practices), only to breeders. Except for the first question, “have ever heard of brucellosis”, which only allowed answering yes or no, the remaining questions had three response options (yes; no; does not know or no response).

For statistical analysis, we used the PASW Statistics 18.0®l. We considered a significance level of 10%.

After the descriptive approach, we used the Chi-square test of independence to analyze the relationship of prevalence with the sociodemographic variables and variables of knowledge and characteristics of farms. When the conditions of applicability of this test were not met, we used the Chi-square test of independence with Monte Carlo simulation or Fisher’s exact test. To identify the factors associated with seroprevalence (having brucellosis as the dependent variable) in professionals, we used logistic regression models with forward selection based on Wald test. This test is a stepwise method, in which the input of an independent variable in the model is done according to the score statistical significance, and the removal of a variable from the model is done according to the significance of the test to be defined. In this way, the initial model is saturated with the inclusion of all the explanatory variables (sociodemographic variables); in the various stages of the model, the variables that have less power of explanation of the prevalence variable are removed one by one, according to the significance of the test in use. The crude odds ratios were determined using the enter method with one explanatory variable at a time14. We also determined the confidence intervals for significant relationships. The odds ratio adjusted for gender and age are not presented as they were very similar to the crude odds ratio, bringing no additional information. We did not identify any multiple model, as only one of the variables was identified in the multiple analysis.

The apparent prevalence in the professionals was calculated by dividing the cases positive for the SAT by the total number of professionals. The same principle was applied to determine the prevalence in breeders and workers.

To calculate global prevalence (weighted prevalence), the prevalence by group of professionals was weighted considering the respective weights in the population under study, being 1,204 (90.2%) breeders and 131 (9.8%) workers in a population of 1,355 livestock professionals. The same logic was applied to determine prevalence in the municipalities.

We respected the guidelines of Helsinki and CIOMS-2002 (Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences) regarding research with humans, avoiding any type of physical or moral damage26,m. The positive cases of brucellosis were subsequently referred to the State health units of Namibe and monitored free of charge. The study was approved by the Ethics Committee of the National Institute of Public Health of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Angola. Informed consent was obtained from all participants. In the case of minors, we obtained the consent from their guardians.


Of the total professionals assessed, 12.1% (39) showed positive result for brucellosis in both RBT and SAT (Table 1).

Table 1 Results of the RBT and SAT in humans, applied in series. Namibe, Angola, 2012. 

Test Negative Positive Total analyzed

n % n %
RBT 279 86.4 44 13.6 323
SAT* 5 87.9 39 12.1 44

RBT: Rose Bengal Test; SAT: Slow Agglutination Test

* From the application in series of the test; the negative results of the RBT and the overall size of the sample (323) are considered when calculating the percentages of the SAT.

The general weighted prevalence of brucellosis was 15.6%, being it 5.3% in workers and 16.7% in breeders (p < 0.001). The municipality of Tombwa had the highest prevalence rate of infection in breeders (28.6%) and total professionals (26.9%). The municipality of Kamucuio had the highest prevalence rate of infection in workers (20%) (Table 2).

Table 2 Prevalence of human brucellosis. Namibe, Angola, 2012. 

Municipality Workers Breeders Total

NT TP PT (%) NC CP PC (%) PP (%)
Namibe 103 4 3.9 9 1 11.1 10.4
Tombwa 9 1 11.1 7 2 28.6 26.9
Bibala 8 1 12.5 113 19 16.8 16.4
Kamucuio 5 1 20.0 44 6 13.6 14.3
Virei 6 0 0 19 4 21.0 19.0

Total 131 7 5.3 192 32 16.7 15.6

NT: population of workers; NC: sample of breeders; CP: positive breeders; TP: positive workers; PC: prevalence rate in breeders; PT: prevalence rate in workers; PP: weighted prevalence rates

The population examined consisted of 323 professionals, being most males and average age of 36.19 years, being the minimum 16, the maximum 71, and the standard deviation 13.23 years.

Of the 131 workers of slaughterhouse, municipal slaughter rooms, and butchers, 64.9% were males and 35.1% females. They had an average age of 33.27 years, with minimum of 17, maximum of 66, and standard deviation of 10.75 years.

Of the 192 cattle breeders, 84.9% were males and 15.1% females, average age was 38.18 years, with minimum of 16, maximum of 71, and standard deviation of 14.38 years (Table 3).

Table 3 Relationship of the seroprevalence of human brucellosis with sociodemographic variables of the professionals. 

Variable Total Human seroprevalence p

Positive Negative

n % n % n %
Category 323 100 0.001a
Worker 131 40.6 7 5.3 124 94.7
Breeder 192 59.4 32 16.7 160 83.3
Gender 323 100 0.703a
Male 248 76.8 29 11.7 219 88.3
Female 75 23.2 10 13.3 65 86.7
Age group (years) 323 100 0.469b
10–19 25 7.7 5 20.0 20 80.0
20–29 102 31.6 14 13.7 88 86.3
30–39 79 24.5 5 6.3 74 93.7
40–49 55 17.1 8 14.5 47 85.5
50–59 46 14.2 5 10.9 41 89.1
> 60 16 4.9 2 12.5 14 87.5
Place of birth 323 100 0.785b
Namibe province 209 64.7 26 12.4 183 87.6
Other 114 35.3 13 11.4 101 88.6
Education level 323 100 0.032b
No education 189 58.5 29 15.3 160 84.7
Basic education 134 41.5 10 7.5 124 92.5
Start of activities 323 100 0.079b
Minor 226 70.0 32 14.2 194 85.8
Adult 97 30.0 7 7.2 90 92.8
Formal entry in the activity 323 100 0.103b
Legacy (heir) 116 35.9 20 17.2 96 82.8
Entrepreneur 109 33.7 10 9.2 99 90.8
Contract 98 30.4 9 9.2 89 90.8
Service location 323 100. 0.055c
Slaughterhouse SOFRIO and butchers of Namibe 103 31.9 4 3.9 99 96.1
Municipal slaughter rooms 28 8.7 3 10.7 25 89.3
Farms of Namibe 9 2.7 1 11.1 8 88.9
Farms of Tombwa 7 2.2 2 28.6 5 71.4
Farms of Bibala 113 35.0 19 16.8 94 83.2
Farms of Kamucuio 44 13.6 6 13.6 38 86.4
Farms of Virei 19 5.9 4 21.1 15 78.9

a Fisher’s exact test.

b Chi-square test of independence.

c Chi-square test of independence with Monte Carlo Simulation.

The relationships between seroprevalence of brucellosis and sociodemographic variables of the professionals are identified in Table 3, and their characterizations, for gender, age, and category and education level (both identified as significant) can be found in Table 4.

Table 4 Risk factors for human brucellosis in livestock professionals. Namibe, Angola, 2012. 

Variable Crude OR 95%CI p
Breeder 3.54 1.57–8.30 0.004
Female 0.86 0.39–1.86 0.703
Age group (years)
> 60*
10–19 0.64 0.21–1.97 0.433
20–29 0.27 0.07–1.03 0.055
30–39 0.68 0.19–2.33 0.541
40–49 0.49 0.13–1.89 0.297
50–59 0.57 0.09–3.38 0.537
Education level
Basic education*
No education 2.25 1.06–4.79 0.036

* Reference class.

Of the total infected professionals (39), 82.1% were breeders and 17.9% were workers of slaughterhouse, butchers, and municipal slaughter rooms. The difference between the two groups was statistically significant (p < 0.001). The percentage of seropositive workers and breeders was 5.3% and 16.7%, respectively (OR = 3.71).

The age group of 20–29 years had 35.9% (14/39) of the infected professionals. In the age group of 10–19 years, the infected professionals accounted for 20% (5/25), and in the age group of 30–39 years they were 6.3% (5/79), the latter being the lowest value observed. Of the total of those infected (39), 76.9% (30/39) were married and 23.1% (9/39) were single.

Of those infected, 66.7% were from Namibe. In the group of those from Namibe, 12.4% were positive. In those from other provinces, 11.4% were positive.

Of those infected, 74.4% were professionals without education. In the group of illiterate persons, 15.3% were positive, and of those who had basic education, 7.5% were positive, with an OR of 2.25. Of the infected professionals, 82% started their activity as minors. Of the professionals who are in this group, 14.2% were positive, and in the group of those who started their activity in adulthood, 7.2% were positive.

Approximately 51.3% of the infected persons started the activity from the inheritance of animals, 25.6% from entrepreneurship, and 23.1% from contract. In the group of those who inherited the activity, 17.2% were positive; of those who were entrepreneurs, 9.2% were positive, and of those hired, 9.2% were positive (p = 0.103).

Of those infected, 48.7% of the breeders were from the municipality of Bibala, and a tenth (10.2%) of the professionals were slaughterhouse workers. In the farms of the city of Tombwa, the infection represented 28.6% (2/7); while in the SOFRIO slaughterhouse and butchers of Namibe, it was 3.9% (4/103) (p = 0.055).

The relationship between the seroprevalence of human brucellosis and the knowledge of risk factors, characteristics, and practices of farms are described in Table 5. Of the infected professionals, 15.4% claimed to have heard of brucellosis, with no relationship between being infected and having heard of the disease (p = 0.411), 33.3% considered that fresh milk transmits brucellosis, and 66.7% did not know or did not reply (p = 0.704). Additionally, 83.3% said that animal fetal materials do not transmit brucellosis (p = 0.633). In relation to both factors mentioned, ignorance, considering the does not know or no answer and does not transmit, is more prevalent in those not infected.

Table 5 Relationship of the seroprevalence of human brucellosis with knowledge and prophylaxis in professionals. 

Knowledge and prophylaxis Total Human seroprevalence p

Positive Negative

n % n % n %
Knowledge: professionals (workers and breeders)
Have ever heard of brucellosis 323 100
Yes 37 11.5 6 15.4 31 10.9 0.411a
No 286 88.5 33 84.6 253 89.1
Fresh milk and unpasteurized dairy products (cheese and butter) transmit brucellosis 37 100
Yes 10 27.0 2 33.3 8 25.8 0.704b
No 27 73.0 4 66.7 23 74.8
Animal fetal materials transmit brucellosis 37 100
Yes 9 24.3 1 16.7 8 25.8 0.633b
No 28 75.7 5 83.3 23 74.2
Practice and characteristics of farms (breeders)
Pasture is near water sources (rivers and ponds) 192 100
Yes 76 39.6 7 21.9 69 43.1 0.029c
No 116 60.4 25 78.1 91 56.9
Existence of wetlands along the pasture 192 100
Yes 62 32.2 6 18.7 56 35.0 0.073a
No 130 67.8 26 81.3 104 65.0
Replacement of herd with cattle from other pens 192 100
Yes 179 93.2 32 100 147 91.9 0.096c
No 13 6.8 0 0 13 8.1
Sale of unpasteurized milk and dairy products 192 100 0.032c
Yes 163 84.9 23 71.9 140 87.5
No 29 15.1 9 28.1 20 12.5
Abortion remains are abandoned in the pasture and eventually ingested by dogs and pigs 192 100 < 0.001a
Yes 91 47.4 25 78.1 66 41.3
Does not know/No answer 61 31.8 4 12.5 57 35.6
No 40 20.8 3 9.4 37 23.1

a Chi-square test of independence.

b Chi-square test of independence with Monte Carlo Simulation.

c Fisher’s exact test.

In relation to the characteristics of the farms of infected breeders, 78.1% stated that the pasture is not done along water sources (p = 0.029), identical percentage for the non-existence of wetlands along the pasture (p = 0.073). All (100%) infected breeders stated that they worked in farms that replace cattle with those from other pens (p = 0.096). Most (71.9%) of the infected breeders sold sour milk and unpasteurized dairy products to other persons (p = 0.032). In relation to breeders, 78.1% of infected breeders claimed to have left the remains of abortion in the pasture, being used, eventually, as food for dogs and pigs (p < 0.001) (Table 5).

In the multiple analysis, the logistic regression using the Forward:LR method showed that only the variable of category (bcategori (1) = 1,265; χ2Wald (1) = 8,492; p = 0.004; OR = 3.54; 95%CI 1.57–8.30) presented statistically significant effect on the Logit of the probability of professionals having human brucellosis. No other variable was statistically significant after the presence of this variable in the model.


We found weighted prevalence of brucellosis of 15.6% in the professionals under study – 5.3% in workers and 16.7% in breeders. Compared with studies conducted in 2001 in the municipalities of Bibala and Kamucuio by Doctors Without Borders, which showed prevalence in humans of 4.7%, we can observe that the prevalence values found herein are highi. Research studies say that, in general, the prevalence of brucellosis is unknown in sub-Saharan Africa because of the low information reported by epidemiological surveillance services. However, in some countries, the literature considers the possible existence of hyperendemia, being notified, for example in countries such as South Africa, approximately 5,000 human cases every year16,17,28.

The prevalence of human brucellosis in African regions with similar characteristics13,25 to Namibe, Angola, has great dispersion (between 1% and 13.3%), with lower values than those observed in this study. Although they are another measure of frequency, we highlight that incidence rates have even greater variability (between 0.9% and 84.3%)12,21,24,27. These values need to be compared carefully, as the methods used by the studies mentioned were different, especially regarding the serological tests used and the populations assessed.

In this study, we observed that brucellosis among professionals in the Namibe province predominantly affects uneducated and married cattle breeders, who began working as a minor, regardless of how they entered the activity. The same breeders dedicated themselves to the sale of unpasteurized milk and dairy products, abandoned abort remains in the pasture, and lent animals (breeding females and males) to other pens. The higher prevalence in professionals (global) and specifically in breeders were found in the South and East regions of the Namibe province, while for workers, the North region was prevalent. The non-use of personal protective equipment, start of the profession as a minor, contact with abortion remains, the consumption of fresh milk and the absence of monitoring of the production circuit, and the sale of unpasteurized milk and dairy products are mentioned by several authors as risk factors for contracting brucellosis7,9,17.

Infected professionals expressed ignorance of brucellosis. We need to increase the level of literacy of these professionals, especially for breedersm,n,o. It is essential, both in terms of Public Health and in individual terms, that professionals have knowledge on human and animal brucellosis and the respective prevention measures, as the low knowledge on this disease increases their risk of contracting it13,23,27,29.

The odds ratio of a breeder contracting the disease, when compared to the workers of slaughterhouse, butchers, and slaughter rooms, was 3.54 times, and for the illiterate (no instruction), when compared to those who had basic education, it was 2.25 times. In the multivariate analysis, only the professional category was significant. The results obtained allow us to assess that the factor most associated with seroprevalence of human brucellosis in livestock professionals of the Namibe province, considering the sociodemographic characteristics, was the professional category. Beheshti et al.3, Mukhtar and Kokab19, and Meky et al.15 have found association between seroprevalence of brucellosis and profession (breeders and workers of slaughterhouse and butchers). The prevalence in workers in this study (5.3%) was lower than that found in the work of Kumar et al.11, carried out in Delhi, India (12.7%). The risk of infection in livestock professionals is permanent, promoting constant planning of preventive actions13.

The livestock infrastructure of Namibe is precarious, with obsolete equipment and inadequate physical structures18. In the absence of human vaccine against brucellosis as an effective preventive measure, the use of personal and collective protective equipment by the professionals can be a crucial key to success in the prevention10,13,23,25,c,d.

This study had the limitations inherent in a cross-sectional observational study, by showing a photograph of the moment, hindering the establishment of cause-effect relationships, from the lack of temporal knowledge. The other limiting element was the existence of informal breeders and slaughter rooms, which are not monitored by the health surveillance system, and, therefore, limits the inference of these results for the professionals in the formal system (those registered in the Provincial Livestock Department of Namibe). In informal environments, different scenarios are expected, which can be even worse in many aspects: animal slaughter, isolation of animals in farms, compliance with practical and biosecurity measures, and the knowledge of brucellosis by the professionals.

Brucellosis is a public health problem in Namibe. This study showed that there are favorable conditions for human infection. There is a high prevalence, with variability in the professional classes (more severe in breeders than in workers) and municipalities (more prevalent in Tombwa and Virei). We identified little knowledge and few practices among the professionals. For prevention, we recommend formation and sensitizing regarding risk practices (cultural and use of personal protective equipment). There is a need for future (longitudinal) studies in the community, promotion of habits and behaviors to reduce the risk of infection, and appropriate intervention measures. We propose a concerted effort, within the concept “one health”, to prevent, control, and eradicate brucellosis, considering the individual, organizational, and governmental perspective.


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Funding: Government of Namibe Province, Republic of Angola (Project 7/DPSN-GPN/2011).

Received: December 7, 2014; Accepted: March 13, 2016

Correspondence: Franco Cazembe Mufinda. Direcção Provincial de Saúde do Namibe-Angola. Rua Padre Carlos Esterman Moçâmedes, Namibe, Angola. E-mail:

Authors’ Contribution: Analysis and interpretation of the data: FCM, CN. Writing of the study: FCM, CN, FSB. Critical review of the study: FSB, CN.

Conflict of Interest: The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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