Portrait of leptospirosis in the State of Acre, Brazil

  • Eloizy Mariana Dias de Medeiros Cirilo Costa
  • Ivina Gomes Lucena
  • Kalina Ligia Alves de Medeiros Januário
  • Milena Nunes Alves de Sousa


Introduction: Leptospirosis is an acute bacterial disease, that has global distribution and manifests itself in subclinical or asymptomatic way, having mild or severe conditions that can lead to the death of the patient.

Objective: To identify, among the municipalities of the state of Acre, Brazil, those with the highest incidence of leptospirosis between 2010 and 2015, and in addition, to determine the prevalence of this disease between the sexes.

Methods: Descriptive study, of documentary character, with epidemiological base and quantitative approach. It was made by available documents through the Department of Informatics of the Unified Health System of Brazil (DATASUS) and also by the Health Secretary of State of Acre (SESACRE). Variables were selected as sex, age and year of notification. Regarding the analysis, it is emphasized that it was quantitative and descriptive and the results were presented in tables built in Microsoft Word.

Results: It was found that the capital of the state of Acre, Rio Branco, led every year, contributing to the higher proportion of notifications related to leptospirosis. Regarding gender, there was a predilection for males and among age groups, the period of 20 to 39 years contributes to the greater number of cases of the disease.

Conclusion: Leptospirosis is a worldwide public health problem and in the state of Acre, the high rainfall, the agglomeration of low income combined with inadequate sanitation, collaborate to infestation of transmitters animals, providing high rates of the disease. Thus, it appears that these high numbers can probably be attributed to the ineffectiveness of preventive activities, as well as insufficient investment directed to social policies and infrastructure sectors.

Keywords: Infectious Disease. Leptospirosis. Prevalence. Incidence.

Mar 14, 2017
How to Cite
CIRILO COSTA, Eloizy Mariana Dias de Medeiros et al. Portrait of leptospirosis in the State of Acre, Brazil. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 10, mar. 2017. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <http://imedicalsociety.org/ojs/index.php/iam/article/view/2404>. Date accessed: 23 may 2017. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3823/2337.