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International Journal of Public Health and Clinical Sciences (IJPHCS)
Open Access e-journal ISSN : 2289-7577

RISK ASSESSMENT ON DENGUE AMONG UPM STUDENTS

Abdul Rahim A, Hamizah K, Olivia L J, Anita A.R, Mohd Rafee B.B

Abstract


ABSTRACT 

Background:

This study assessed the level of risk of dengue infection in 17th College, Universiti Putra Malaysia and the association between knowledge, attitude and practice on dengue control with the risk perception of the residents.

Materials and Methods:

Risk of dengue was assessed using HIRARC and Aedes Index and the respondents who involved in this study were asked about the knowledge, attitude, and practice and risk perception on dengue. 17th College was identified as a high risk area.

Result:

There was significant associations between knowledge and attitude (P<0.05) as well as between knowledge and practice (P<0.05). Interestingly, despite the overall positive attitude towards controlling dengue among the respondents, there were shortfall with the practice where they had poor knowledge withpractice on dengue control. 

Conclusion:

Therefore, actions need to be done to enhance their knowledge and practice on dengue control. Campaigns on dengue control should be organized to educate and encourage individuals to practice simple preventive actions, such as, use of insecticide, treated bed nets and screening of homes. 

Key Words:dengue, HIRARC, Aedes Index, risk perception.

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