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    Visceral leishmaniasis case in Sorocaba leaves authorities on alert
    Felipe de Souza
    Collaboration for VivaBem, in Campinas (SP)
    09/09/2022 16:26

    The confirmation of a case of visceral leishmaniasis in Sorocaba, in the interior of São Paulo, drew the attention of medical authorities. The disease, commonly associated with dogs and transmitted by the straw mosquito, is expanding in the state, according to infectious disease specialists.

    The patient is a 54-year-old woman who lives in the city. She is hospitalized in a hospital in the municipality, being accompanied by teams from the Epidemiological Surveillance of Sorocaba.

    There was no confirmation if she contracted the disease in the municipality or if she came from a recent trip. But this is the first human case reported in Sorocaba. According to the State Health Department, from January to July this year, 33 cases of visceral leishmaniasis were recorded, but the number of deaths was not reported. In the same period of 2021, there were 43 cases - also without a number of deaths.

    The disease is expanding in the state of São Paulo, especially in dogs. The first record was in 1999, but so far there have been few cases in humans. The western region, where cities like Presidente Prudente and others close to the border with Paraná and Mato Grosso do Sul are located, is the one that concentrates the main occurrences....