Uso do sensoriamento remoto para estudar a influência de alterações ambientais na distribuição da malária na Amazônia brasileira

Cadernos de Saúde Pública (Impact Factor: 0.98). 03/2006; 22(3). DOI: 10.1590/S0102-311X2006000300006
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A construção da hidroelétrica de Tucuruí, no sudeste do Estado do Pará, Brasil, em 1981, impôs grandes mudanças ambientais, desmatamentos e migração para a região. O objetivo deste trabalho é verificar a influência destas mudanças na ocorrência da malária no Município de Jacundá, Pará, Brasil, utilizando-se técnicas de sensoriamento remoto e sistemas de informações geográficas. Os parâmetros utilizados para a construção dos mapas foram: distância das estradas, classe agrossilvopastoril, distância de coleções hídricas (rios, igarapés e do reservatório) e da área urbana do município. Neste estudo, verificou-se o caráter epidêmico da malária a partir da construção da barragem de Tucuruí. Sugere-se que o padrão sazonal da incidência está relacionado com o período de maior estabilidade das margens do reservatório e ocorrência de áreas alagadas, além de maior exposição de trabalhadores na época de colheita na região. Foi observado que a distribuição dos casos está relacionada com as formas de uso e ocupação da terra, principalmente em áreas de maior influência das estradas, locais onde se concentra grande parte da população.

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