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SANTOS, Solange Laurentino dos; CABRAL, Ana Catarina dos Santos Pereira and AUGUSTO, Lia Giraldo da Silva. Knowledge, attitude and practice on dengue, the vector and control in an urban community of the Northeast Region, Brazil. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2011, vol.16, suppl.1, pp.1319-1330. ISSN 1678-4561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232011000700066.
This article presents the results of the study on knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) on dengue in an urban community in Northeast of Brazil, and the risk situations involved in its transmission. The study was observational and used a semi-structured survey composed of questions about the disease and vector control measures, which was answered by residents of selected households (IC 95%) of the community of Santa Rosa, in the city of Cabo de Santo Agostinho, Pernambuco State. The variables of the KAP were classified into appropriate, regular and insufficient. There is adequate knowledge about the characteristics of the vector and regular regarding the disease and the activities of control. The population does not know that the insecticide used in water is chemical and uses this water for domestic consumption and drinking. Regarding government activity the knowledge was insufficient. It also demonstrates a non appropriate attitude regarding the prevention of dengue and insufficient practice in the prevention of the vector in the household. The practice of water care was adequate for 41% of residents. The local risk situations raised are related to the intermittency in water and also behavioral.
Keywords : Dengue; Knowledge; Attitude and practice; Risk situations.