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Journal of Tropical Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 254361, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/254361
Research Article

Information System and Geographic Information System Tools in the Data Analyses of the Control Program for Visceral Leishmaniases from 2006 to 2010 in the Sanitary District of Venda Nova, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

1Centro de Referência Nacional e Internacional para Flebotomíneos, Centro de Pesquisas René Rachou, 30190-002 Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
2Prefeitura Municipal de Belo Horizonte, Secretaria Municipal de Saúde, Gerência de Controle de Zoonoses do Distrito Sanitário Venda Nova, 31520-000 Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil

Received 15 July 2011; Accepted 13 October 2011

Academic Editor: Maria Goreti Rosa-Freitas

Copyright © 2012 Lara Saraiva et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to report a brief history of control actions for Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL) from 2006 to 2010 in the Sanitary District (DS) of Venda Nova, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, focusing on the use of information systems and Geographic Information System (GIS) tools. The analyses showed that the use of an automated database allied with geoprocessing tools may favor control measures of VL, especially with regard to the evaluation of control actions carried out. Descriptive analyses of control measures allowed to evaluating that the information system and GIS tools promoted greater efficiency in making decisions and planning activities. These analyses also pointed to the necessity of new approaches to the control of VL in large urban centers.