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Research Article

Interruption and Defaulting of Multidrug Therapy against Leprosy: Population-Based Study in Brazil's Savannah Region

  • Jorg Heukelbach mail,

    heukelbach@web.de

    Affiliations: Department of Community Health, School of Medicine, Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil, Anton Breinl Centre for Public Health and Tropical Medicine, School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia

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  • Olga André Chichava,

    Affiliation: Department of Community Health, School of Medicine, Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil

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  • Alexcian Rodrigues de Oliveira,

    Affiliation: Department of Community Health, School of Medicine, Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil

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  • Kathrin Häfner,

    Affiliation: School of Medicine, University of Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany

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  • Friederike Walther,

    Affiliation: School of Medicine, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany

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  • Carlos Henrique Morais de Alencar,

    Affiliation: Department of Community Health, School of Medicine, Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil

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  • Alberto Novaes Ramos Jr.,

    Affiliation: Department of Community Health, School of Medicine, Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil

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  • Adriana Cavalcante Ferreira,

    Affiliation: State Leprosy Control Program, State Health Secretariat of Tocantins, Palmas, Brazil

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  • Liana Ariza

    Affiliation: Department of Community Health, School of Medicine, Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil

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  • Published: May 03, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0001031

About the Authors

Jorg Heukelbach, Olga André Chichava, Alexcian Rodrigues de Oliveira, Carlos Henrique Morais de Alencar, Alberto Novaes Ramos Jr., Liana Ariza
Department of Community Health, School of Medicine, Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil
Jorg Heukelbach
Anton Breinl Centre for Public Health and Tropical Medicine, School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
Kathrin Häfner
School of Medicine, University of Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
Friederike Walther
School of Medicine, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Adriana Cavalcante Ferreira
State Leprosy Control Program, State Health Secretariat of Tocantins, Palmas, Brazil

Corresponding Author

Email: heukelbach@web.de

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: JH LA CHMA ANR ACF. Performed the experiments: LA CHMA OAC ARO KH FW. Analyzed the data: JH LA OAC. Wrote the paper: JH LA CHMA ANR ACF.