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ALBUQUERQUE, Maria de Fátima P. M.. Urbanization, slums, and endemics: the production of filariasis in Recife, Brazil. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 1993, vol.9, n.4, pp.487-497. ISSN 1678-4464.

In this article the filariasis endemic is discussed as a public health problem in the city of Recife, capital of the state of Pernambuco, Brazil. Prevalence figures for this parasitic disease in some urban settings are cause for concern. The urban development process, characterized by disordered growth of cities and an increase in the number of slums, is pointed out as an important factor for the maintenance of conditions favouring disease transmission. Some analytical categories linked to urban social organization are identified and included in a comprehensive filariasis transmission model. Clusters of inadequate houses built in overcrowded slums without basic sanitation or a proper drainage system produce adequate conditions for proliferation of infection vectors and maintenance of the endemic.

Keywords : Filariasis; Endemics; Urbanization and Diseases; Recife; Brazil.

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