Cadernos de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1678-4464
LENZI, Márcia de Freitas; CAMILLO-COURA, Léa; GRAULT, Carlos Eduardo and VAL, Margarida Barros do. Dengue in a Rio de Janeiro slum: a preliminary analysis. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2000, vol.16, n.3, pp. 851-856. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2000000300034.
This study is part of a program to control and prevent dengue in a slum bordering on the grounds of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The results obtained from a questionnaire and entomological survey called attention to problems pertaining to the information transmitted by public health campaigns and its interpretation, since many practices result from misunderstanding or forgetting preventive messages. Dengue-related data include most frequent vector breeding sites, people's knowledge, and dengue-related habits. The study's conclusions in terms of dengue prevention point to the need for drafting messages not only about ideal preventive practices but also teaching possible solutions: disseminating frequent messages throughout the year and not only seasonally and planning health education to join health professionals and the population in the search for sustainable dengue control alternatives.
Keywords : Dengue; Prevention & Control; Consumer Participation; Poverty Areas.