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IJHRS. 2013; 2(4): 222-229

Comparative Study of Dengue Knowledge among Adults of Urban and Rural Population in India

Pracheth Raghuveer, Mayur S Sherkhane, Jayprakash V Chowti.


Background: Dengue, an acute febrile illness has become a major public health problem leading to increase in the disease burden in terms of disability and deaths.

Objectives: To assess and compare the knowledge of dengue among adults in urban and rural population.

Materials and Methods: Cross Sectional Study was done among urban and rural population for six months. The study participants were the adult (>18 years) population residing in the urban and rural areas for more than a year. Information was obtained using questionnaire and results were analyzed by descriptive statistics.

Results: Of the 200 study participants, majority 144 (72%) were literates and 93 (46.5%) belonged to low socio-economic status. Majority of the participants (84%) cited mosquito bite as the commonest mode of spread. When asked about the symptoms, 63.5% told fever is the commonest and 32% did not know any of the symptoms. When knowledge of preventive measures against mosquitoes was analyzed, 50% told it can be prevented by using repellants and 37% told by avoiding water stagnation. When knowledge scores were assessed, 57 (70.37%) in the urban areas possessed sufficient knowledge on dengue when compared to 24 (29.63%) in the rural area (Highly Significant p

Key words: Adults, Dengue, Knowledge, Literacy, Rural, Urban

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