Natalia Romero-Sandoval

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SETTING Delays from symptom onset to the diagnosis and treatment of smear-positive pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) produces possible new cases in persons in close contact with TB cases, especially in confined spaces such as overcrowded public transport, which puts other users and transport workers at risk. OBJECTIVE To estimate TB incidence rates in patients(More)
SETTING An aboriginal community of 653 persons. OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence of pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) and to analyse related factors. DESIGN The total population was surveyed; those with chronic productive cough were asked to provide sputum specimens. PTB was diagnosed by bacilloscopy (acid-fast bacilli [AFB]). An analysis of(More)
OBJECTIVE To characterise the risk factors of haematophagous bat bites and to provide information to contribute to the prevention of rabies in Ecuador. DESIGN Cross-sectional study based on interviews with 3518 individuals, from which two sets of variables were generated: characteristics of haematophagous bat attacks in the previous year among humans and(More)
An outbreak of sylvatic rabies was reported in indigenous communities located in the Ecuadorian Amazon in November 2011. The objective of this study was to analyze family dwelling characteristics and other sociodemographic factors associated with the perception of an increase in hematophagous bat bites in humans and domestic animals to assist the(More)
SETTING The Chine community in Angamarca parish, Cotopaxi Province, in the Ecuadorian Andes. OBJECTIVE To relate the DOTS strategy to the world view of the indigenous community in the diagnosis and treatment of smear-positive pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) patients. DESIGN Cross-sectional study involving all inhabitants of Chine. RESULTS Aspects of the(More)
BACKGROUND The increasing proportion of women in the medical profession is a worldwide phenomenon often called the "feminization of medicine." However, it is understudied in low and middle-income countries, particularly in Latin America. METHODS Using a qualitative, descriptive design, we explored the influence of gender and other factors on physician(More)
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