2016
DOI: 10.1590/0074-02760150382
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Malaria in gold-mining areas in Colombia

Abstract: Gold-mining may play an important role in the maintenance of malaria worldwide. Gold-mining, mostly illegal, has significantly expanded in Colombia during the last decade in areas with limited health care and disease prevention. We report a descriptive study that was carried out to determine the malaria prevalence in gold-mining areas of Colombia, using data from the public health surveillance system (National Health Institute) during the period 2010-2013. Gold-mining was more prevalent in the departments of A… Show more

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“…In Colombia, 69% of the variation in the number of malaria cases between 2010 and 2013 was linked to gold production. Two groups of mining districts were identified: those with high gold production methods, large numbers of malaria cases and high APIs, and those with low gold production and a low number of malaria cases [5]. A similar conclusion was found in Madre de Dios region in Peru in 2001-2012, where the number of malaria cases per month had a strong association with the amount of extracted gold, but a weak association with the average gold prices [13].…”
Section: Gold Production and Number Of Malaria Casessupporting
confidence: 59%
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“…In Colombia, 69% of the variation in the number of malaria cases between 2010 and 2013 was linked to gold production. Two groups of mining districts were identified: those with high gold production methods, large numbers of malaria cases and high APIs, and those with low gold production and a low number of malaria cases [5]. A similar conclusion was found in Madre de Dios region in Peru in 2001-2012, where the number of malaria cases per month had a strong association with the amount of extracted gold, but a weak association with the average gold prices [13].…”
Section: Gold Production and Number Of Malaria Casessupporting
confidence: 59%
“…The Amazonian subsoil is rich in gold, especially in the Guiana Shield. While this wealth can be a factor of economic growth, the exploitation of this subsoil generally benefits few people and has large negative effects on the environment, society, and health [5].…”
Section: Gold Mines In the Amazon: Context And Health Impact Diseasesmentioning
confidence: 99%
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“…Some 160 to 320 new large dams are estimated to be constructed annually around the world, a high percentage of which are now in African countries (International-Rivers, 2010;World Commission on Dams, 2000), where more than 90% of the world's malaria burden occurs. Reservoirs behind dams provide breeding sites for Anopheles mosquitoes-vector of malaria-and makes malaria transmission more likely (Castellanos et al, 2016;Jobin, 1999;Keiser et al, 2005;Kibret et al, 2009Kibret et al, , 2015Pommier de Santi et al, 2016;Sow et al, 2002;U.S. Public Health Service Tennessee Valley Authority, 1949;Yewhalaw et al, 2009).…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%