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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Piranha attacks in dammed streams used for human recreation in the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Author: Haddad, V
Sazima, I
Abstract: In recent years, attacks by piranhas have become a common problem in dammed portions of rivers and streams in the State of Sao Paulo, Southeastern Brazil. In two outbreaks recorded in two neighboring counties in the Northwest region of the state, 74 bathers were bitten. Only one bite per person was recorded during a short period of the year. The bites were related to parental care and/or defense of spawning territory, which confirms previous studies and demystify the attacks by these legendary fish, as they are perceived by most people. Placement of fine mesh nets and removal of aquatic vegetation stopped the attacks.
Subject: Piranha attacks
Country: Brasil
Editor: Soc Brasileira Medicina Tropical
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.1590/S0037-86822010000500027
Date Issue: 2010
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