Bancroftian filariasis: the spatial representation of social inequality

Filariose bancroftiana: a representação espacial das desigualdades sociais

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BONFIM, Cristine Vieira do - Filariose bancroftiana: a representação espacial das desigualdades sociais. Recife, 2002. (Dissertação de Mestrado - Centro de Pesquisas Aggeu Magalhães/Fundação Oswaldo Cruz). 137p.

BANCROFTIAN FILARIASIS: THE SPATIAL REPRESENTATION OF SOCIAL INEQUALITY

Lymphatic filariasis is considered as a major health problem in the world. There are 1.2 billion people that live in endemic areas. At least 120 million of these people are infected. In Brazil, the cities of Recife, Maceió, and Belém, with 49 thousand infected. New strategies of control made lymphatic filariasis a disease that could be eliminated. The environment risk indicator is one of the most important planning tools in the fight against its diffusion. The aim of this dissertation is to study the occurrence of the microfilaremia in the district of Cavaleiro in Jaboatão dos Guararapes – estate of Pernambuco – and its relation with socio economic indicators. The study will be also useful in identifying risk areas in that district, by the way of building a Synthetic Environmental Indicator. The district was subdivided in 22 sub-areas and 9,520 people were examined, 213 were microfilaremic (2.2% prevalence). There were positive cases in 17 of the 22 sub-areas. Circa 73% of the cases were found in the areas that show the larger risk indicator. This demonstrates the importance of the Synthetic Indicator as a planning tool to cope with the problem of lymphatic filariasis in a spatial perspective.

Cristine Vieira do Bonfim

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  • *This thesis is available at the Library of the Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo
    This thesis is available at the Library of the Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo

Publication Dates

  • Publication in this collection
    02 Jan 2003
  • Date of issue
    Dec 2002
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