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Assessment of Knowledge, Attitude and Practices (KAP) on Hantavirus Infections at Community Level in Mbeya Region, Tanzania

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dc.contributor.author Sudi, Lwitiho
dc.contributor.author Mangu, Chacha
dc.contributor.author Ntinginya, Elias N
dc.contributor.author Shirima, Gabriel M.
dc.contributor.author Tarimo, Mokiti
dc.date.accessioned 2020-03-27T08:27:15Z
dc.date.available 2020-03-27T08:27:15Z
dc.date.issued 2018-10-26
dc.identifier.uri 10.4172/2329-891X.1000290
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.nm-aist.ac.tz/handle/123456789/674
dc.description This research article published by Longdom Publishing., Volume 7 • Issue 1, 2018 en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Hantaviruses are zoonotic RNA viral pathogens of public health concern in Tanzania and worldwide. These viruses circulate in both human and reservoir host in Tanzania, however, there is a gap in the assessment of knowledge, Attitude, and practices (KAP) which contributes to the transmission of the virus from Reservoir host to human being. This study aimed to assess the level of community knowledge, attitude, and practices that lead to the transmission of the virus from the reservoir host to a human being. Methods: Cross-sectional questionnaire survey was conducted in the four districts of Mbeya region between June 2018 to July 2018, where questionnaire data were obtained from 438 participants. Descriptive statistics and Chi-square (X2 ) test were used to explain the response of the participants. Results: (22/66) 33.3% and (22/372) 5.91% of both Health care workers and other members of the community, respectively had a knowledge about Hantavirus infections. (219/438) 50% of all participants have rodent breeding sites in their houses. However, (409/438) 93.4% of all participants did not wear masks when cleaning those breeding sites and this increases the risk for the transmission of Hantavirus infections. Discussion: Low level of knowledge for Hantavirus infections observed in the community increases the uncertainty of patient management as well as endangers the community health due to an increase of practices which increases the chance of pathogen transmission to a human being from the reservoir host. Conclusion: Updating the community about Hantavirus infection is more important as far as public health is concerned. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Longdom Publishing. en_US
dc.subject Public health en_US
dc.subject Hantavirus en_US
dc.title Assessment of Knowledge, Attitude and Practices (KAP) on Hantavirus Infections at Community Level in Mbeya Region, Tanzania en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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