Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 1726-4634
RIVERA-JACINTO, Marco et al. Knowledge, attitudes and practices about fascioliasis among mothers from an andean rural area of north Peru. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [online]. 2010, vol.27, n.1, pp. 59-62. ISSN 1726-4634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1726-46342010000100010.
A survey to determine knowledge, attitudes and practices about fascioliasis was administered to 62 mothers from a rural endemic zone of Cajamarca’s Andean Region, Peru. Only 37.0% recognized the alicuya (local name for Fasciola hepatica) as the parasite responsible for the disease; 56.5% knows that the disease affects the liver in the humans and 85.5% knows affects also animals; 98.4% have a positive predisposition to attend informative talks about the disease and 75.8% to support their authorities actively to solve of the problem. 38.7% referred drinking emollients in the street, 75.6% have domestic animals considered host for the parasite. In conclusion, attitudes of mothers are mostly favourable for prevention and control activities, despite their mistaken knowledge risky practices for fasciolasis among members of their families.
Keywords : Fascioliasis; Fasciola; Health knowledge, attitudes, practice; Peru.