Space expansion of the American visceral leishmaniasis in São Luis, Maranhão, Brazil

Wellington da Silva Mendes Antonio Augusto Moura da Silva José de Ribamar Trovão Antônio Rafael da Silva Jackson Maurício Lopes Costa About the authors

The space occupation and the expansion of American visceral leishmaniasis (AVL) were described in the municipality of São Luis, Maranhão, Northeast Brazil. AVL medical notes from the Fundação Nacional de Saúde as well as official documents about the space occupation were analyzed from September 1982 to December 1996. AVL cases were more likely to occur in recently settled suburbs and tended to follow the same spatial pattern observed for land occupations secondary to migratory fluxes.

American Visceral leishmaniasis; Migration; City growth


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