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By Victor Manoel, ContilNet
Last Thursday (9), the Ministry of Health, through the Health and Environment Surveillance Secretariat, released data on the leprosy infections in Brazil between October 2018 and September 2022. According to the record, the state of Acre had 42 registered cases, according to what was investigated. Being the second lowest number in the northern region, only above Roraima.
Table with data on leprosy infection in Brazil. Photo: Ministry of Health.
As the document states:
“Leprosy is an infectious, transmissible and chronic disease whose etiological agents are Mycobacterium leprae (M. leprae) and Mycobacterium lepromatosis (M. lepromatosis). In Brazil there is a high burden of the disease, and when compared to other countries it has the second highest number of new cases and the highest number of relapse cases”.
Still in the bulletin, it is possible to analyze the three laboratories that conducted the research, namely: the Fundação Hospitalar Alfredo da Matta Laboratory in Manaus, Amazonas, the Fiocruz Laboratory in Rio de Janeiro and the Instituto Lauro Souza Lima Laboratory in Bauru, São Paulo – he is responsible for the research in Acre.
The study was carried out through observations of cases of AMR, that is, the body’s resistance to preventing infection, in leprosy. 2,463 cases of the disease were included in the study, 387 of which were in the North region. The region that recorded the most cases was the Southeast, with 1,084. The state with the highest number of cases is São Paulo, with 422.
Article produced under the supervision of the site’s editor-in-chief, Everton Damasceno.