Knowledge regarding dengue disease among people in an urban area: a cross sectional study

Nitin T. Basole, Sulakshana S. Baliga, Mubashir Angolkar


Background: Vector borne diseases are one of the major public health problems worldwide. There is significant disease burden contributed to morbidity and mortality due to Dengue. Vector control is the ideal way to control dengue. But vector control methods can be successful with community participation. Hence it becomes important to assess the community’s knowledge regarding the disease. The objective of the study was to assess the knowledge regarding the dengue disease among people in an urban area.

Methods: A community based cross sectional study was conducted among 400 participants. Participants were selected by using systematic random sampling method. Data was collected by house to house visit using predesigned questionnaire.

Results: Majority of them (87.75%) identified fever as a cardinal symptom of dengue fever. Only 32.25% knew that dengue fever is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. 42% of participants had good knowledge of dengue The main source of information on dengue was from the television.

Conclusions: Key finding of this study is that knowledge is poor among the study participants although majority of people had clear understanding of fever, headache, joint pain as common signs and symptoms of dengue fever.


Knowledge, Dengue fever, Breeding sites

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