2012
DOI: 10.1590/s0037-86822012000200012
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Leprosy in Buriticupu, state of Maranhão: active search in the general population

Abstract: Introduction: This study was developed to evaluate the situation of leprosy in the general population of the municipality of Buriticupu, State of Maranhão, Brazil. Methods: We used the method of active search to identify new cases from 2008 to 2010. Bacilloscopy of intradermal scrapings was performed in all patients with skin lesions compatible with leprosy, and histopathological examination in those who had doubts on the definition of the clinical form. Results: The study included 19,104 individuals, with 42 … Show more

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“…Similarly, Thirumalaikolundusubramanian and Prince (1983) examined 6,731 primary SC in India and 173 (2.7%) had leprosy. Silva et al (2007) detected 20 new leprosy cases during an active search of 14,653 students, a case detection rate of 136/100,000 students, in Buriticupu, a hyperendemic municipality in the state of Maranhão (Brazil). In a cross-sectional survey of 1,114 students 11-20 years old in four districts in Timor-Lest, dos Santos et al (2010) detected 17 (1.5%) new leprosy cases, which represents a case detection rate of 1,526/100,000 students.…”
Section: Resultsmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Similarly, Thirumalaikolundusubramanian and Prince (1983) examined 6,731 primary SC in India and 173 (2.7%) had leprosy. Silva et al (2007) detected 20 new leprosy cases during an active search of 14,653 students, a case detection rate of 136/100,000 students, in Buriticupu, a hyperendemic municipality in the state of Maranhão (Brazil). In a cross-sectional survey of 1,114 students 11-20 years old in four districts in Timor-Lest, dos Santos et al (2010) detected 17 (1.5%) new leprosy cases, which represents a case detection rate of 1,526/100,000 students.…”
Section: Resultsmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…It is believed that understanding and patient behavior in relation to the adhesion to drug treatment are largely influenced by their socio-economic status and level of knowledge [16,17]. …”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…This fact results in late diagnosis and a greater risk of developing physical and functional disabilities. 19,20 As shown in Table 3, the proportion of elderly with grade 1 and 2 is higher than the proportion of elderly women. The inverse occurs with the proportion of individuals with zero degree of physical disability.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 97%