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    ABSTRACT: Despite the long history of tuberculosis (TB) research, population-based studies from developing countries are rare. In a prospective community study in Bissau, the capital of Guinea-Bissau, we assessed the impact of demographic, socioeconomic and cultural risk factors on active TB. A surveillance system in four districts of the capital identified 247 adult (>or=15 years) cases of intrathoracic TB between May 1996 and June 1998. Risk factors were evaluated comparing cases with the 25,189 adults living in the area in May 1997. The incidence of intrathoracic TB in the adult population was 471 per 100 000 person-years. Significant risk factors in a multivariate analysis were increasing age (P < 0.0001), male sex (odds ratio [OR] = 2.58, 95% CI: 1.85, 3.60), ethnic group other than the largest group (Pepel) (OR = 1.64, 95% CI: 1.20, 2.22), adult crowding (OR = 1.68, 95% CI: 1.18, 2.39 for >2 adults in household), and poor quality of housing (OR = 1.66, 95% CI: 1.24, 2.22). Household type was important; adults living alone or with adults of their own sex only, had a higher risk of developing TB than households with husband and wife present, the adjusted OR being 1.76 (95% CI: 1.11, 2.78) for male households and 3.80 (95% CI: 1.69, 8.56) for female households. In a multivariate analysis excluding household type, child crowding was a protective factor, the OR being 0.68 (95% CI: 0.51, 0.90) for households with >2 children per household. Bissau has a very high incidence of intrathoracic TB. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), increasing age, male sex, ethnicity, adult crowding, family structure, and poor housing conditions were independent risk factors for TB. Apart from HIV prevention, TB control programmes need to emphasize risk factors such as socioeconomic inequality, ethnic differences, crowding, and gender.
    International Journal of Epidemiology 02/2004; 33(1):163-72. · 6.98 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Children with symptomatic malaria in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau were randomly assigned to treatment with a 25 mg/kg total dose of chloroquine as recommended by the National Malaria Program or with a higher total dose of 50 mg/kg. Sixty-seven and 62 children, respectively, completed the treatment and were then followed once a week for five weeks. Treatment with a dose of 50 mg/kg was significantly more effective than treatment with 25 mg/kg in preventing recrudescence. The cumulative relative risk (95% confidence interval) of having parasitemia in the low-dose group during follow-up was 0.20 (0.08-0.52) on day 21, 0.38 (0.17-0.86) on day 28, and 0.48 (0.23-0.98) on day 35. Few adverse events were reported, although more children complained of vomiting and diarrhea on day 2 in the high-dose group compared with those in the low-dose group. However, this difference was not statistically significant. We conclude that a dose of 50 mg/kg of chloroquine could be recommended for treatment of Plasmodium falciparum malaria in Bissau. To minimize the risk of side effects, this higher dose should be given divided into two daily doses over a three-day period.
    The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene 08/2002; 67(1):28-31. · 2.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: With the increasing resistance to commonly used antimalarial drugs, different untested 'local' treatment regimens for malaria will arise. We compared commonly used treatment regimens for children in Guinea-Bissau. Symptomatic children with Plasmodium falciparum mono-infection were allocated at random to one of 4 treatments: 15 mg/kg quinine twice a day for 3 d (group 1); 10 mg/kg quinine twice a day for 3 d followed by a total dose of 25 mg chloroquine base given over 3 d (group 2); a total dose of 50 mg/kg chloroquine base given in 2 daily doses for 3 d (group 3), or sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (group 4). On day 28 more children from group 1 (33%; relative risk [RR] = 2.9, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.5-5.7) and group 2 (26%; RR = 2.1, CI 1.0-4.3) had had parasitaemia than in group 4 (12%), whereas no significant difference was found between group 3 (17%; RR = 1.3, CI 0.6-2.2) and group 4. No severe adverse reaction was observed in any of the groups. Chloroquine is still effective in Guinea-Bissau at an increased dose of 50 mg/kg, which appears safe when given orally in 2 daily doses for 3 d. Sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine could serve as an efficient, cheap and easy to administer second-line drug, leaving quinine to be used for third-line treatment. Quinine should not be used in short courses, nor does the combination of quinine and chloroquine have any advantage.
    Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 01/2002; 96(3):304-9. · 1.82 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The recommended dose of 10 mg quinine/kg bodyweight 3 times a day for 7 days for treatment of malaria is so high that many patients experience cinchonism. We have earlier obtained good results with 7 days' treatment with 20 mg Quinimax/kg bodyweight divided into 2 daily doses. In order to identify the lowest effective dose, children with symptomatic malaria were treated with quinine twice a day for 7 days. They were assigned to 1 of 3 groups treated daily with 10 mg/kg, 15 mg/kg, or 20 mg/kg bodyweight, respectively; 42, 46, and 34 children, respectively, received treatment and completed 5 weeks of follow-up. The cumulative percentages of all children with parasitaemia during follow-up on day 28 or before were 33%, 13% and 12%, respectively. Treatment with 10 mg quinine salt/kg daily for 7 days gave a significantly higher rate of recrudescence than did treatment with 15 or 20 mg/kg daily. Thus at least 15 mg of quinine salt/kg bodyweight daily should be recommended for treatment of symptomatic Plasmodium falciparum malaria in Guinea-Bissau.
    Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 01/1999; 93(5):547-9. · 1.82 Impact Factor