Audet CM, Salato J, Blevins M, Silva W, González-Calvo L, Vermund SH, Gaspar F. Occupational hazards of traditional healers: repeated unprotected blood exposures risk infectious disease transmission. Tropical medicine & international health : TM & IH. 2016 Nov;21(21). 1476-1480. PMID: 27580349 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC5093076 NIHMSID: NIHMS814273.
Healers provide support for acute and chronic illnesses in rural Mozambique, such as socially acceptable traditional 'vaccinations' (subcutaneous cuts in the skin to rub herbs directly into the bloody lesion). We aimed to document the frequency of blood exposure by traditional practitioners in Mozambique.