A rural community in a Brazilian Western Amazonian region: Some demographic and epidemiological patterns

  • Camargo L
  • Moura M
  • Engracia V
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Abstract

Some demographic and epidemiological patterns of the rural population of Monte Negro, locality situated in the State of Rondônia (Brazil), Western Amazonia, are described based on a sample of 924 randomly selected individuals, approximately 10% of the whole population. The main features of this sample are (1) the illiteracy rates in the parental generation were 23% for fathers and 20% for mothers. Among children, this figure dropped to 6%; (2) housing in Monte Negro is characterized by being constructed with wood (92%), and also a floor (75%). Nevertheless, only 32% of these houses had electric energy; (3) the mean ages for the parental generation were 41.9 for males and 36.3 for females. These values for the offspring generation were 12.2 and 10.5, respectively; (4) the sex-ratio of the offspring generation was 1.32;(5) the bioassay of kinship was estimated as.033 for this long range migrant population; (6) the prevalence of some macrophage dependent infectious disease was conspicuously high; (7) the reported number of malarial episodes among males and females was statistically different, suggesting that malaria may be, in part, a "professional" disease; (8) the prevalence of serum-positive reactions against B-hepatitis is distressing. It has a strong age dependence and reaches 74% among adult males. Conversely, signs of active infection (AgHbs) rises to 16% among children.

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  • Brazil
  • Demography
  • Epidemiology
  • Hepatitis
  • Malaria
  • Rondônia
  • Western Amazonia

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Authors

  • LUIS CAMARGOUniversidade Paulista

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  • M. M. Moura

  • V. Engracia

  • R. C. Pagotto

  • S. A. Basano

  • L. H. Pereira Da Silva

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