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Revista Cubana de Higiene y Epidemiología

versión On-line ISSN 1561-3003

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MOREIRA RIOS, Isabel  y  GAMEZ SANCHEZ, Donelia. Clinical and epidemiological characteristics of cooperation personnel diagnosed with dengue in the municipality of Torres, state of Lara, Venezuela, 2008. Rev Cubana Hig Epidemiol [online]. 2012, vol.50, n.2, pp.179-188. ISSN 1561-3003.

A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted with the purpose of identifying the clinical and epidemiological characteristics of cooperation personnel diagnosed with dengue in the municipality of Torres, state of Lara, Venezuela, from 1 June 2007 to 31 July 2008. The study group was composed of 32 dengue cases confirmed during the study period. The variables studied were age, sex, mission type, risk factors and clinical manifestations. The summary measurements used were absolute numbers, relative frequencies, rates, and household infestation rates for Aedes aegypti. One of the main findings of the study was the high dengue morbidity rate among cooperation personnel in the municipality of Torres, with an incidence rate higher than that of the state. Male sex and the 30-39 age range were predominant in the sample. Half the cooperation personnel in the agriculture mission became ill with dengue. Among the risk factors identified were the presence of the vector and breeding sites in households, and low risk perception of the disease, associated with the non-use of insect repellent. The relative risk of these factors was above 1. The main clinical manifestations observed in patients were fever, headache and arthralgia.

Palabras clave : dengue disease; clinical and epidemiological aspects.

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