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African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
ISSN: 1680-6905
EISSN: 1680-6905
Vol. 16, No. 1, 2016, pp. 170-176
Bioline Code: hs16024
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2016, pp. 170-176

 en Perceptions and risky behaviors associated with Leptospirosis in an endemic area in a village of Ubon Ratchathani Province, Thailand.
Wongbutdee, Jaruwan; Daendee, Suwaporn; Jittimanee, Jutharat & Saengnill, Wacharapong


Background: Leptospirosis, a disease caused by Leptospira check for this species in other resources species, a spirochaete bacterium that can develop in an appropriate environment and/or grow in human and/or animal hosts, is a serious problem for the Ministry of Public Health, Thailand.
Objective: To investigate people’s perceptions and behavioral risks regarding leptospirosis infection.
Methods: The cross-sectional descriptive study collected data in May, 2013. Data on individuals’ perceptions and risky behaviors concerning leptospirosis were collected from 104 completed questionnaires.
Results: Regarding perceptions of leptospirosis, we found them to be at a high level (97.1%) and risky behaviors regarding leptospirosis were reported at a moderate level (74.0%). The study found no correlation between perceptions and risky behaviors regarding leptospirosis (r 0.186, p-value 0.059).
Conclusion: This study suggest that people in these areas have good knowledge about leptospirosis. However, some people have risky behavior associated with leptospirosis. Thus, a behavioral change campaign should be promoted to encourage people awareness of the dangers of such behavior.

Perceptions; leptospirosis; risky behaviors

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