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Epidemiologia de doenças diarreicas de veiculação hídrica em uma região semiárida brasileira

Author(s): Viviane Silva Fu00E9lix Nascimento | Magnu00F3lia Fernandes Floru00EAncio Arau00FAjo | Ermeton Duarte do Nascimento | Luiz Sodru00E9 Neto

Journal: ConScientiae Saúde
ISSN 1677-1028

Volume: 12;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 353;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Introduction : In the semi-arid region of Northeast Brazil, irregular rainfall and high evapotranspiration rates are reported as serious problems related to water quality and availability. Objective : To evaluate the occurrence of acute diarrheal diseases in a Brazilian semi-arid region from 2009 to 2010. Methods : This was a descriptive study with a quantitative approach using data from the Information System of Primary Care/Ministry of Health and Health Department of the State of Rio Grande do Norte. Results : The most chosen treatment to combat diarrheal disease was the type A and there were no reported cases of deaths from diarrheal diseases in most municipalities. The age group with the highest prevalence of diarrheal diseases is between one to four years. Conclusions : Data may be un - derestimated, and the framework leads to the need of improving the Monitoring System of Acute Diarrheal Diseases and conducting health education actions with the population in order to improve their quality of life and health.
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