2017
DOI: 10.1590/0037-8682-0170-2016
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Abstract: Leprosy remains a public health problem in developing countries. Among communicable diseases, it is one of the leading causes of permanent disability. Brazil had not reached the goal of reducing cases to less than 1 per 10,000 population. This study aimed to analyze the spatial distribution of leprosy cases in Brazil, using a literature review. The search strategy included the LILACS and MEDLINE databases with no language or period restriction. Ecological studies with spatial data analysis were considered as a… Show more

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“…To better understand the differences in the spatial distribution of leprosy, studies have been conducted in Brazil; however, the scientific literature is not proportional to the intensity of the disease (8) . Of the various analytical methods used, the identification of clusters is considered a potential approach, since it does not disregard the silent areas due to a low detection effort or favors municipalities with a larger number of cases due to the size of their population and not the higher risk (9) .…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…To better understand the differences in the spatial distribution of leprosy, studies have been conducted in Brazil; however, the scientific literature is not proportional to the intensity of the disease (8) . Of the various analytical methods used, the identification of clusters is considered a potential approach, since it does not disregard the silent areas due to a low detection effort or favors municipalities with a larger number of cases due to the size of their population and not the higher risk (9) .…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Spatial-temporal analysis enables a better understanding of the hyperendemic situation of the disease in addition to assisting the creation, implementation and reorientation of control measures. This type of study has become common for leprosy control in several regions of Brazil 14,15,16,17,18 .…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…In relation to ethnicity, there was a predominance of leprosy in brown color individuals, which reflects the historical process of colonization in Brazil and its miscegenation, migratory movements, dynamics of territorial occupation and spatial organization, as pointed out by other studies (Lima et al, 2009;Lima et al, 2010;Silva et al, 2010;Silva et al, 2017). The most prevalent age group was between 20 and 40 years old, which is in accordance with another study also carried out in the city of Anápolis (Nascimento et al, 2007).…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 53%