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Title: Knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to Leptospirosis among urban slum residents in Brazil
Authors: Araújo, Wildo Navegantes de
Finkmoore, Brook
Ribeiro, Guilherme de Sousa
Reis, Renato Barbosa
Felzemburgh, Ridalva Dias Martins
Hagan, José Edward
Reis, Mitermayer Galvão dos
Ko, Albert Icksang
Costa, Federico
Affilliation: Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Centro de Pesquisa Gonçalo Moniz. Salvador, BA, Brasil
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Centro de Pesquisa Gonçalo Moniz. Salvador, BA, Brasil
Universidade Federal da Bahia. Institute of Collective Health. Salvador, BA, Brasil
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Centro de Pesquisa Gonçalo Moniz. Salvador, BA, Brasil
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Centro de Pesquisa Gonçalo Moniz. Salvador, BA, Brasil
Yale School of Public Health. New Haven
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Centro de Pesquisa Gonçalo Moniz. Salvador, BA, Brasil
Yale School of Public Health. New Haven
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Centro de Pesquisa Gonçalo Moniz. Salvador, BA, Brasil
Abstract: Leptospirosis disproportionately affects residents of urban slums. To understand the knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding leptospirosis, we conducted a cross-sectional study among residents of an urban slum community in Salvador, Brazil. Of the 257 residents who were interviewed, 225 (90%) were aware of leptospirosis and more than two-thirds of respondents correctly identified the modes of disease transmission and ways to reduce exposure. However, study participants who performed risk activities such as cleaning open sewers had limited access to protective clothing such as boots (33%) or gloves (35%). Almost all respondents performed at least one activity to prevent household rat infestation, which often included use of an illegal poison. Our findings support the need for interventions targeted at the individual and household levels to reduce risk of leptospirosis until large-scale structural interventions are available to residents of urban slum communities.
DeCS: Conhecimentos, Atitudes e Prática em Saúde
Leptospirose/epidemiologia
Leptospirose/transmissão
Áreas de Pobreza
Adolescente
Adulto
Animais
Brasil/epidemiologia
Estudos Transversais
Feminino
Humanos
Masculino
Questionários
Ratos
Fatores de Risco
Adulto Jovem
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Citation: ARAÚJO, W. N. de. et al. Knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to Leptospirosis among urban slum residents in Brazil. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, v. 88, n. 2, p. 359–363, 2012.
DOI: 10.4269/ajtmh.2012.12-0245
ISSN: 1476-1645
Copyright: open access
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