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FERREIRA, Irani Machado et al. Factors associated with the incidence of malaria in settlement areas in the district of Juruena, Mato Grosso state, Brazil. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.9, pp.2415-2424. ISSN 1678-4561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232012000900022.
Factors associated with the incidence of malaria in the Vale do Amanhecer settlement, Juruena, Mato Grosso in 2005 were analyzed. Two hundred settlers of both genders and aged 18 years and above were interviewed. The prevalence of malaria reported in 2005 was 33%. The prevalence ratio showed that the highest prevalence of malaria was found in individuals involved in gold mining activities (67%); who came from non-endemic areas (43%); had inadequate knowledge about the time of greatest activity of the vector (71%); and who reported being outside after 5 p.m. (59%). It was concluded that in the Vale do Amanhecer settlement, factors such as occupation, origin, inadequate knowledge about where malaria is transmitted, inadequate knowledge about the time the mosquito usually bites and individual practices in relation to the peak period of mosquito activity were associated with malaria in 2005.
Keywords : Epidemiology; Malaria; Settlement; Socio-demographic factors; Knowledge and Practice.