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Agricultural colonization and malaria on the Amazon frontier.
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PMID:  11797857     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this paper is to characterize the interrelationships between macropolitical, social and economic policies, human migration, agricultural development, and malaria transmission on the Amazon frontier. We focus our analysis on a recent colonization project, POLONOROESTE, in the state of Rondonia. Employing data from field surveys in 1985-1987 and 1995, we use spatial statistical methodologies linked to a geographical information system (GIS) to describe the patterns of human settlement in the area, the ecological transformations induced by forest clearance practices, and the manner in which these factors determine gradations of malaria risk. Our findings show that land use patterns, linked to social organization of the community and the structure of the physical environment, played a key role in promoting malaria transmission. In addition, the location of each occupied area is itself an important determinant of the pattern of malaria risk. Based on lessons learned from our spatial and temporal characterization of malaria risk, we propose policies for malaria mitigation in the Brazilian Amazon.
B H Singer; M C de Castro
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences     Volume:  954     ISSN:  0077-8923     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci.     Publication Date:  2001 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-01-18     Completed Date:  2002-01-30     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7506858     Medline TA:  Ann N Y Acad Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  184-222     Citation Subset:  IM    
Office of Population Research, Princeton University, New Jersey 08544, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Brazil / epidemiology
Educational Status
Emigration and Immigration
Health Policy
Malaria / epidemiology*,  prevention & control
Middle Aged
Mosquito Control
Risk Factors

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