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Epidemiologia e Serviços de Saúde

versão impressa ISSN 1679-4974versão On-line ISSN 2337-9622

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NUNES, Marília Lavocat; MAIA-ELKHOURY, Ana Nilce Silveira; PELISSARI, Daniele Maria  e  ELKHOURY, Mauro da Rosa. Clinical and epidemiological characterization of confirmed cases of hantavirus with suspected Infection site in the biome Brazilian Cerrado, 1996 to 2008. Epidemiol. Serv. Saúde [online]. 2011, vol.20, n.4, pp.537-545. ISSN 1679-4974.  http://dx.doi.org/10.5123/S1679-49742011000400013.

OBJECTIVE: to describe the clinical/epidemiological cases of hantavirus in areas of biome Brazilian Cerrado, between 1996 and 2008. METHODOLOGY: a descriptive study of cases of hantavirus disease with suspected infection site in a city of cerrado exclusively; cases of hantavirus are available by the Information System for Notifiable Diseases (Sinan) of the Brazilian Ministry of Health. RESULTS: confirmed 320 cases, with a fatality rate averaged 43.8%; States of Minas Gerais and São Paulo showed higher record; cases occurred predominantly in males aged 20-29 years, living in urban areas, and occupied on agricultural activities; epidemiology has been characterized by contact with rodents, and infection in the workplace and in rural areas/wildlife; main signs and symptoms were fever, dyspnea and headache. CONCLUSION: findings were similar to reported in other studies in Brazil, except those with reference to seasonality and lethality.

Palavras-chave : hantavirus; descriptive epidemiology; cerrado.

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