Sociodemographic and epidemiological profile of leprosy patients in an endemic region in Brazil


Introduction: The incidence of Hansen's disease is high in overlooked populations. Methods: Data of Hansen's disease cases reported in the information system of the Department of Informatics, Brazilian Unified Health System, from 2013 to 2014 were analyzed. Results: Among 434 studied cases of Hansen's disease, the female sex (52.5%), adult age (73.7%), low educational level (61.8%), and multibacillary form were associated with higher prevalence rates. Conclusions: Hansen's disease is more frequent among female adults with a low educational level, and the prevalence of multibacillary leprosy reflects disease detection at late stages.



Health profile, Socioeconomic factors, Hansen's disease

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Revista Da Sociedade Brasileira De Medicina Tropical. Brasilia: Soc Brasileira Medicina Tropical, v. 49, n. 6, p. 777-780, 2016.