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Revista argentina de microbiología

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MOLINERI, Ana I; SIGNORINI, Marcelo L  and  TARABLA, Héctor D. Knowledge of zoonoses transmission routes and of the species concerned among rural workers. Rev. argent. microbiol. [online]. 2014, vol.46, n.1, pp.7-13. ISSN 0325-7541.

The aim of this study was to evaluate the level of awareness of zoonoses among rural workers and their potential associations with socio-demographic factors. A cross-sectional study was performed by holding personal interviews (N = 110, n = 94) using a structured questionnaire. The statistical analysis included the c2 test, the Student's t test and Pearson and Spearman correlations. The highest level of awareness was found for trichinosis, rabies and scabies. Species transmitting brucellosis, tuberculosis and anthrax were well known, but not their modes of transmission. The least known diseases were toxocariasis and hydatidosis, followed by leptospirosis and toxoplasmosis. Significant associations were found (p < 0.001) between the knowledge of transmitting species and the modes of transmission. Senior male owners, married, and living in urban areas showed the highest overall knowledge of zoonoses. Awareness of zoonoses among rural workers is inadequate. Veterinarians in conjunction with risk insurers may play a key role in providing information to people at risk.

Keywords : Knowledge; Rural worker; Zoonoses.

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