Knowledge, attitudes, and practices about malaria in travelers to risk areas in Peru

Virgilio E. Failoc-Rojas, Frank Becerra-Silva, Juan Chero-Salvador, Sebastian Iglesias-Osores, Mario J. Valladares-Garrido, Sandra Zeña-Ñañez

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Background: Travelers from international airports who travel to endemic countries know the knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) about malaria; however, it is still unknown to interprovincial travelers who go to the endemic regions of Peru. The objective is to determine the level of KAP about malaria among Peruvian travelers to risk areas. Methods and principal findings: This are an analytical cross-sectional study of 277 passengers from a bus station in a low-risk area of malaria in Peru, whose destination was an intermediate/high-risk area during February–March 2018. Absolute and relative frequencies of personal variables associated with the trip and KAP were estimated. Results: Less than 50% know the main symptoms of malaria and at what time of day there is a greater risk of becoming infected. Five out of ten people knew which practices were preventive against contagion, and four out of ten answered that the treatment can be given in a health establishment, pharmacy, or by some healer. Conclusions: Travelers to malaria endemic areas have a low level of knowledge and practice (39.7%) as well as an inadequate preventive attitude (35.4%) against malaria.

Idioma originalInglés estadounidense
PublicaciónTravel Medicine and Infectious Disease
EstadoIndizado - 1 mar. 2023

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