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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 98, No. 6, 2003, pp. 745-750
Bioline Code: oc03152
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 98, No. 6, 2003, pp. 745-750

 en Acute Schistosomiasis Outbreak in the Metropolitan Area of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais: Alert about the Risk of Unnoticed Transmission Increased by Growing Rural Tourism
Martin J Enk; Amanda Amorim & Virginia T Schall

Abstract

The present article describes the occurrence of 17 cases of acute schistosomiasis in the metropolitan area of Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. All individuals affected took a bath in a swimming pool of a holiday resort that was provided with water from a nearby brook. The apparently clean water and the absence of snails in the pool gave the wrong impression that there was no risk for infection. During a malacological survey at the site snails of the species Biomphalaria glabrata check for this species in other resources were found and tested positive for Schistosoma mansoni check for this species in other resources . All the patients live in the middle-class area of Barreiro, metropolitan area of Belo Horizonte and have medium grade school education. The difficulties in establishing the right diagnosis is expressed by the search for medical attention in 17 different medical facilities, the wide range of laboratory test and the inadequate treatment administration. A lack of knowledge about the disease was found in all groups studied. The booming rural tourism in endemic areas is identified as a probable risk factor for infection, especially for individuals of the non-immune middle and upper class parts of the society in urban centers. Special attention is given to a multidisciplinary approach to the complex issue of disease control and prevention.

Keywords
Schistosoma mansoni check for this species in other resources - acute schistosomiasis - health education - rural tourism - control - Belo Horizonte - Minas Gerais - Brazil

 
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