Journal of Arthropod-Borne Diseases 2009. 3(2):12-17.

Public Knowledge and Attitude toward Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever in Tokat Turkey
R Yilmaz, M Ozcetin, U Erkorkmaz, S Ozer, F Ekici

Abstract


Background: The World health Organization (WHO) declares Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fe­ver (CCHF) endemic in Turkey. Despite the magnitude of problem, no documented evi­dence exists in Turkey, which reveals the aware­ness and practices of the country's adult popula­tion regarding CCHF, its spread, symptoms, treatment, and preven­tion. This study was conducted to assess the level of knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding CCHF in people visit­ing terti­ary care hospital in Tokat, Turkey.
Methods: This questionnaire based cross-sectional survey was conducted among patients' rela­tives or guardians who ad­mitted pediatric outpatient clinics during May-July 2008. The question­naire was composed of 25 questions.
Results: A total of 1034 respondents participated in the survey. Sufficient knowledge about CCHF was not found in 28.9% of the sample. Literate individuals were relatively better informed about CCHF as compared to the illiterate peo­ple. Television and radio were con­sidered as the most important and useful source of information on the disease.
Conclusion: We have found insufficient knowledge on CCHF in our population. It is thought to have no chance of suc­cess against a fatal disease such as CCHF, which has serious consequences, without the contribution of commu­nity. It is clear that there are important tasks for health, agri­culture, and media sectors to improve public knowledge and awareness about CCHF.


Keywords


Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever, Public knowledge, Survey, Turkey,

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