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THE CONJUGACY OF DISTRIBUTION OF HELMINTHIASES (ENTEROBIASIS AND ASCARIASIS) AND TUBERCULOSIS IN REGIONS OF BELARUS: SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ASPECT


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The aim of the study was to investigate the conjugacy of the spatial distribution of most common helminthiasis (enterobiasis and ascariasis) and tuberculosis between eastern and western regions in Belarus manifested in the different historical periods: 1970-1989 and 2000-2014. The study based on the retrospective collection and analysis of the available information from the annual statistical reports of the national Ministry of Public Health. The paper analyzes a main spatial gradient in the distribution and incidence rates of most common helminthiases and tuberculosis with the regard to historical division of Belarus on the eastern and western parts before the year 1939. Our findings show that East-West differentiation in the prevalence of intestinal parasites and tuberculosis rate on the territory of Belarus may be considered as a result of historical interaction between two different civilizations: the European that has been spread its influence from the West and the Russian Orthodox advanced from the East.


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