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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

Print version ISSN 0037-8682On-line version ISSN 1678-9849

Abstract

ALVES, Adorama Candido et al. Knowledge and practices related to dengue and its vector: a community-based study from Southeast Brazil. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2016, vol.49, n.2, pp.222-226. ISSN 1678-9849.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0037-8682-0240-2015.

INTRODUCTION:

This study investigated the knowledge of users of primary healthcare services living in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, about dengue and its vector.

METHODS:

A cross-sectional survey of 605 people was conducted following a major dengue outbreak in 2013.

RESULTS:

Participants with higher levels of education were more likely to identify correctly the vector of the disease.

CONCLUSIONS:

The results emphasize the relevance of health education programs, the continuous promotion of educational campaigns in the media, the role of the television as a source of information, and the importance of motivating the population to control the vector.

Keywords : Knowledge; Attitude; Dengue vector.

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