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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 97, No. 5, 2002, pp. 755-757
Bioline Code: oc02144
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 97, No. 5, 2002, pp. 755-757

 en SHORT COMMUNICATION - Influence of Specific Treatment on the Morbidity of Schistosomiasis Mansoni in an Endemic Area of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Maria José Conceição & J Borges-Pereira

Abstract

The authors describe the evolution of schistosomiasis mansoni in inhabitants of Capitão Andrade, Minas Gerais, Brazil, from 1973 to 1994. The prevalence of infection was 60.8% in 1973, 36.2% in 1984, and 27.3% in 1994. The evolution of the clinical forms of the disease in this group was as follows: unchanged in 76.7%, clinical progression in 8.4% and clinical regression in 14.9%. The reduction of the prevalence and severity of Schistosoma mansoni infection over the 21 years period, can be attributed to treatment of infected subjects performed in the area and to the installation of piped water in their dwellings.

Keywords
schistosomiasis mansoni - clinical evolution - morbidity - treatment - Minas Gerais - Brazil

 
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