Revista de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1518-8787
LIMA, Virgília Luna Castor de; YAGUCHI, Mariko Kato and ALVES, Zulimar Catarina P. V. Telles. Aspects of "bug reporting" by the local population relating to Panstrongylys megistus surveillance in 12 counties of northeastern S. Paulo State, Brazil, 1974 to 1983. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1990, vol.24, n.6, pp. 497-505. ISSN 1518-8787. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89101990000600008.
The importance of "bug reporting", on the part of the local human population, to the epidemiological surveillance of Chagas' disease in S. Paulo State is demonstrated. The variations the number of "bug reports" from the local human population in the period from 1974 to 1983 relating to an area, infested by Panstrongylus megistus, in the northeast of S. Paulo State are studied. An increase in the number of "bug reporting" occurring in October, November and December was observed; however, no connection was discovered between domiciliary infestation rate and the "bug report" rate in this specific area.
Keywords : Trypanosomiasis South American [prevention and control]; Panstrongylus; Insect control [standards]; Consumer participation.