Impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 on the diagnoses of hansen's disease in Brazil

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Introduction: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has limited the access of patients with Hansen's disease (HD) to care due to changes in routine health services. Methods: To ascertain this, we compared the number of HD cases diagnosed before and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Results: The decrease in HD cases in Brazil reached 18,223 (-48.4%), corresponding to an average reduction of 1,518 cases per month during the COVID-19 pandemic. Conclusion: Therefore, effective measures should be implemented to minimize the damage and the consequent negative health impact of COVID-19 on the care of HD patients.

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Marques, N. P., Marques, N. C. T., Cardozo, I. M., Martelli, D. R. B., de Lucena, E. G., Oliveira, E. A., & Martelli Júnior, H. (2021). Impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 on the diagnoses of hansen’s disease in Brazil. Revista Da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical, 54. https://doi.org/10.1590/0037-8682-0251-2021

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