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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 109, No. 3, 2014, pp. 374-378
Bioline Code: oc14054
Full paper language: English
Document type: Short Communication
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 109, No. 3, 2014, pp. 374-378

 en Current situation and perspectives regarding human Chagas disease in midwestern of the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Matos, Christiane Santos; Júnior, José Eloy dos Santos; Medeiros, Fernanda Alvarenga Cardoso; Furtado, Eliana & Dias, João Carlos Pinto

Abstract

Recognising the importance of Chagas disease in Brazil, Bambuí set up epidemiological surveillance for Chagas disease in 1974 and was the first municipality to do so. To ascertain the current epidemiology of Chagas disease in this municipality, 1.782 blood samples from the general population were analysed; 7.7% of samples were found to be seropositive for Chagas disease. A strong positive correlation between increasing age and Chagas disease was evident in both genders, with the highest prevalence in individuals aged over 60 years. Clinically, the cardiodigestive form of Chagas disease was the most common in these samples. These data confirm the interruption of Trypanosoma cruzi transmission, in parallel with a still important residual morbidity of Chagas disease in the county, thus supporting political decisions that will prioritise epidemiological surveillance and medical treatment of Chagas disease in the coming years.

Keywords
Bambuí; Chagas disease; seroprevalence

 
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