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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109
Volume 8, Issue 2, August 2013 pp 69-71
A Study on Awareness and Practice about Preventive Methods against Mosquito Bite among Households in an Urban Slum Area of South India
Pravin N. Yerpude1, Keerti S. Jogdand1, Mohini Jogdand2
1Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Gujarat Adani Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhuj, Gujrat, INDIA.
2Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, SRTR Medical College and Hospital, Ambajogai, Maharashtra, INDIA.
Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K.R.
Introduction: In India, Mosquito borne diseases constitute a major public health problem in the list of communicable diseases. The most important are malaria, dengue fever, chikungunya fever. One of the important components of Vector borne disease control programme is to impart awareness about mosquito bite prevention in the general community. The present community based study was conducted to assess the awareness and practices of mosquito bite prevention methods amongst households in an urban slum area of South India. Materials and methods: The present community based study was conducted in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. All households of Urban Health Training Center, Shrinavasrao Thota which is urban catchment area of department of Community Medicine, Katuri Medical College, Guntur were selected for the study. Results: 91.50 % of the study participants had knowledge about breeding places of mosquito. 22.29 % of study population still had myths that garbage was the breeding place for mosquito. Only 33.72% of the study population knew that dengue, chikungunya was transmitted by mosquito. Conclusion: The study found that knowledge about causes of malaria and mosquito breeding places was satisfactory in study subjects, but some myths were still prevalent. The people should be made aware that mosquito bite causes other diseases also.