BEHAVIOURAL FACTORS INFLUENCING THE DENGUE INFECTION: THE STUDY AMONG STUDENTS IN THE HIGHER LEARNING INSTITUTION.
Dengue and dengue hemorrhagic fever are still a serious public health problem among people in developing countries. The study was conducted to assess the knowledge, attitude and practice among students in University Technology of MARA in Shah Alam Selangor, Malaysia, and to determine its association with. previous infection. A total of 218 students were selected randomly from several residential colleges within the university main campus. They were interviewed for their perception of risk to dengue and their blood were taken for serological examination (Dengue IgG). It was found that 49.1% of students have had previous infection, however only 0.9% had history of symptomatic dengue infection. Males students originating from urban areas were more at risk of being infected. The perception of risk to dengue was good among students but this factor is unable to explain the magnitude of infection among them. Further study should look at the interaction between
behaviour and environment among students who are sero negative.
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