Cadernos de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1678-4464
Print version ISSN 0102-311X
CLARO, Lenita Barreto Lorena; TOMASSINI, Hugo Coelho Barbosa and ROSA, Maria Luiza Garcia. Dengue prevention and control: a review of studies on knowledge, beliefs, and practices. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2004, vol.20, n.6, pp.1447-1457. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2004000600002.
This article aims to contribute to dengue control programs through a review of recent studies on knowledge, beliefs, and practices concerning dengue and dengue prevention. The results show that adequate knowledge of dengue and prevention methods are found in close association with high rates of domiciliary infestation by Aedes aegypti. This suggests that traditional education strategies, although efficient in transmitting information, have failed to change population behavior. Qualitative studies reveal two important issues that appear to explain these attitudes: representations of dengue and risks associated with mosquitoes and difficulties in avoiding infestation of household water recipients due to sanitation problems in communities.
Keywords : Dengue; Aedes aegypti; Health Knowledge [Attitudes]; Health Knowledge [Practice].