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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 81-83
Knowledge, Attitude, Behavior and Practice Study on Dog-Bites and Its Management in the Context of Prevention of Rabies in a Rural Community of Gujarat

Department of Community Medicine, Pramukh Swami Medical College Karamsad, Anand Gujarat-388325., India

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U S Singh
Department of Community Medicine, Pramukh Swami Medical College Karamsad, Anand Gujarat-388325.
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0970-0218.42854

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Research question : What is the level of general awareness and knowledge of people about dog bites and its first aid measure with anti-rabies vaccines? Objectives : 1) To know the general awareness pertaining to rabies in rural community. 2) To study the knowledge of people about dog-bites. 3) To ascertain the first aid measures adopted by people after dog bite. 4) To study the awareness of people regarding anti rabies vaccines & health services utilization. 5) To know the opinion regarding control of dog population. 6) To make recommendations based on study findings. Methodology : Study design : cross sectional study. 2) Setting : village surrounding the PSMC, Anand. 3) Participants : total 225 families were contacted in nine villages with 25 families per village. Results : All of the individuals were aware about rabies and 98.6% knew about its transmission by dog bite. Only 31.1% would like to apply first aid measure and 36.4% will visit to doctor and rest either do nothing or adopt some religious practices to prevent the development of rabies. 86.6% of individuals were aware about anti-rabies vaccine and 24.4% knew that pet dogs need vaccine against rabies. Statistical analysis : The data was analyzed by using 'Epi-info' package.

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