Spatial risk of tuberculosis mortality and social vulnerability in Northeast Brazil

Thaís Zamboni Berra, Ana Angélica Rêgo de Queiroz, Mellina Yamamura, Luiz Henrique Arroyo, Maria Concebida da Cunha Garcia, Marcela Paschoal Popolin, Danielle Talita Dos Santos, Antonio Carlos Vieira Ramos, Luana Seles Alves, Inês Estevinho Fronteira, Francisco Chiaravalloti, Pedro Fredemir Palha, Ricardo Alexandre Arcêncio

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INTRODUCTION: Tuberculosis (TB) is the most common infectious disease in the world. We aimed to analyze the spatial risk of tuberculosis mortality and to verify associations in high-risk areas with social vulnerability.

METHODS: This was an ecological study. The scan statistic was used to detect areas at risk, and the Bivariate Moran Index was used to verify relationships between variables.

RESULTS: High-risk areas of tuberculosis mortality were statistically significantly associated with domain 2 of the Social Vulnerability Index (I=0.010; p=0.001).

CONCLUSIONS: This study provides evidence regarding areas with high risk and that vulnerability is a determinant of TB mortality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)693-697
Number of pages5
JournalRevista Da Sociedade Brasileira De Medicina Tropical
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2017


  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Brazil
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Demography
  • Female
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Distribution
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Vulnerable Populations
  • Young Adult
  • Journal Article


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