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GARCIA JUAREZ, Guillermina et al. Brucellosis: socioeconomic status family and quality of life in two contrasting areas of the state of Tlaxcala, Mexico. Estud. soc [online]. 2013, vol.21, n.41, pp.239-259. ISSN 0188-4557.

Brucellosis, known as well as Malta fever, is a zoonotic disease caused by intracellular bacteria of the genus Brucella abortus or melitensis, the goats are the main reservoirs, and unpasteurized dairy products cause problem to public health. In 2008 Tlaxcala sate, filed a morbidity rate of 4.78/100000 inhabitants, ranking fourth nationally, the second two months of 2011 was ranked first nationally. The objective of this study was to analyze the relative socioeconomic status of individuals affected with brucellosis in rural and urban areas, evaluating the quality of life. The study groups were selected for regionalization through ArcView-3.2. Two questionnaires were applied for the following purposes: 1) Analyze the socioeconomic status of the study groups. 2) Measuring the quality of life in individuals infected and healthy, using the method of Rand Group. The results showed in rural areas: low socioeconomic status, higher incidence of brucellosis, interruption in medical treatment, medical complications in individuals ill, less educated, less medical services and medicines. The quality of life of individuals infected with brucellosis was lower when compared with the groups of healthy individuals.

Keywords : brucellosis (Malta fever); socioeconomic; quality of life; rural and urban areas.

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