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An update on the epidemiological situation of spotted fever in Brazil

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins including Tropical Diseases, August 2016
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Title
An update on the epidemiological situation of spotted fever in Brazil
Published in
Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins including Tropical Diseases, August 2016
DOI 10.1186/s40409-016-0077-4
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Authors

Stefan Vilges de Oliveira, Jessica Noronha Guimarães, Guilherme Carneiro Reckziegel, Bidiah Mariano da Costa Neves, Keline Medeiros de Araújo-Vilges, Lidsy Ximenes Fonseca, Fernanda Voietta Pinna, Simone Valéria Costa Pereira, Eduardo Pacheco de Caldas, Gilberto Salles Gazeta, Rodrigo Gurgel-Gonçalves

Abstract

Spotted fever is a tick-borne rickettsial disease. In Brazil, its notification to the Ministry of Health is compulsory. Since 2007, cases of spotted fever have been integrated to the Notifiable Diseases Information System, and epidemiological analyzes are part of the routines on surveillance programs. This descriptive study updates epidemiological information on cases of spotted fever registered in Brazil between 2007 and 2015. In Brazil, 17,117 suspected cases of the disease were reported and 1,245 were confirmed in 12 states, mainly in São Paulo (550, 44.2 %) and Santa Catarina (276, 22.2 %). No geographic information was registered for 132 cases (10.6 %). Most of the infected people were men (70.9 %), mainly in rural areas (539, 43.3 %), who had contact with ticks (72.7 %). A higher number of suspected cases were registered between 2011 and 2015, but the number of confirmed cases and the incidence were relatively low. Moreover, 411 deaths were registered between 2007 and 2015, mainly in the southeastern region of the country, where the case-fatality rate was 55 %. Lack of proper filling of important fields of notification forms was also observed. The results showed expansion of suspected cases of spotted fever and high case-fatality rates, which could be related to diagnostic difficulties and lack of prompt treatment. These factors may comprise limitations to the epidemiological surveillance system in Brazil, hence improvement of notification and investigation are crucial to reduce morbidity and mortality due to spotted fever in Brazil.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Brazil 1 1%
Unknown 80 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 22 27%
Researcher 9 11%
Student > Postgraduate 9 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 9 11%
Student > Bachelor 7 9%
Other 16 20%
Unknown 9 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 24 30%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 15 19%
Immunology and Microbiology 6 7%
Medicine and Dentistry 6 7%
Nursing and Health Professions 5 6%
Other 14 17%
Unknown 11 14%

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