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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 60-63

Awareness of dengue fever among the parents of children coming to the dental outpatient department – A questionnaire study


Department of Pathology, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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M P Brundha
Department of Pathology, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Saveetha University, Chennai - 600 077, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijcpc.ijcpc_14_19

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Aim: The aim of this study is to establish the awareness of dengue fever among the parents of children coming to dental OutPatient department (OP). Objective: The objective was to design and complete a questionnaire to evaluate the awareness of dengue fever among the parents of children coming to dental OP. Background: The World Health Organization declares dengue to be endemic in South Asia. Dengue fever, also known as breakbone fever, is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. Despite the magnitude of problem, no documented evidence exists on the awareness and preventive methods regarding dengue. This study is conducted to establish awareness, knowledge, and prevention regarding dengue fever among the parents of children coming to dental OP. Reason: To increase the awareness and thereby gaining the knowledge about the signs and symptoms of dengue fever for the early diagnosis and treatment. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was performed among the parents of children coming to dental outpatient department. Around 80 parents were randomly selected for the questionnaire survey study. To assess awareness on dengue, the questionnaire was covered about knowledge on the signs and symptoms, mode of transmission, mosquito bite time, preventive measures, and source of their knowledge. Results and Conclusion: The study shows a low prevalence of sufficient knowledge in the population based on overall knowledge score on dengue. The isolated knowledge on signs and symptoms, prevention is adequate, with preventive measures mainly focused toward protection from mosquito bites.


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