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Ann Agric Environ Med 1998, 5, 1-5

AMERICAN CUTANEOUS LEISHMANIASIS IN THE STATE OF SAO PAULO,
BRAZIL - EPIDEMIOLOGY IN TRANSFORMATION

Joao Pupo Nogueira Neto, Gisele Basso, Ana Paula Cipoli, Laila El Kadre

Department of Dermatology of the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas, Campinas, Brazil

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Pupo Nogueira Neto J, Basso G, Cipoli A, El Kadre L: American cutaneous leishmaniasis in the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil - epidemiology in transformation. Ann Agric Environ Med 1998, 5, 1-5.

Abstract: American cutaneous leishmaniasis, a disease of great worldwide importance, especially on the American continent, has had its epidemological modifications. These are revised and discussed in view of the current situation of recent increase in its incidence in regions with low morbidity since 1950, where no apparent cause that would justify an epidemic outbreak could be found. We analysed the causes of these alterations and the profile now seen in the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Address for correspondence: Dr Joao Pupo Nogueira Neto, Rua Maria Monteiro 1572, POBox 13025-152, Cambui, Campinas - SP, Brazil.

Key words: tropical skin diseases, leishmamasis, Leishmania spp., Brazil, epidemiology.