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Community knowledge and experience of mosquitoes and personal prevention and control practices in Lhasa, Tibet.

Liu X, Wan F - Int J Environ Res Public Health (2014)

Bottom Line: The correlation analysis revealed that significant positive linear correlations existed between knowledge and experience, knowledge and practices, and experience and practices towards mosquitoes.Past experiences with mosquitoes can result in a better knowledge of effective mosquito control practices in the present and the future.The findings in this study may help to develop strategies and measures of mosquito and mosquito-borne diseases in the future, not only in Lhasa, but also in similar altitude, latitude and longitude regions worldwide.

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Affiliation: State Key Laboratory for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, National Institute for Communicable Disease Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 155 Changbai Road, Changping District, Beijing 102206, China. liuxiaobo@icdc.cn.

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Since 2009, great public attention has been paid in Lhasa City (Tibet, China) to mosquito bites and accompanying inflammatory complications. However, the potential contribution of knowledge levels, experiences, disease control and preventive practices (KEP) towards mosquitoes has not received much attention. To investigate community KEP concerning mosquitoes in Lhasa, a cross-sectional survey was undertaken in four sub-districts of urban Lhasa in 2012. Questionnaires were designed to collect information regarding socio-demographics and KEP concerning the harmful effects of mosquitoes on participants. The scoring for KEP was developed after consultation of literature. A total of 591 eligible questionnaires were examined. The majority of respondents were female (61.8%) with a mean age of 46 years. Nearly all of the respondents were of Tibetan nationality (97.4%) and living in registered native households (92.7%), who have less than primary school education. The averages of overall score, knowledge score, experience score, and practice score were 9.23, 4.53, 1.80, 2.90, respectively. The registered household with the highest overall score, knowledge score and practice score was non-native. Female subjects with monthly incomes between 1000 and 3000 RMB had higher experience scores. The correlation analysis revealed that significant positive linear correlations existed between knowledge and experience, knowledge and practices, and experience and practices towards mosquitoes. Past experiences with mosquitoes can result in a better knowledge of effective mosquito control practices in the present and the future. Though the average of overall scores related to mosquitoes is high among the participants in Lhasa, however, the knowledge about the ecological habits of mosquitoes should be strengthened. The findings in this study may help to develop strategies and measures of mosquito and mosquito-borne diseases in the future, not only in Lhasa, but also in similar altitude, latitude and longitude regions worldwide.

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Mentions: A cross-sectional questionnaire survey was conducted in the urban Chengguan district which is the only municipal district in Lhasa City, from 16 to 19 August in 2012. This district was selected because it is representative of the local population (accounting for nearly 50% of the total population of Lhasa City). This district has a total population of 279,074, with an area of 554 square kilometers and an average elevation of 3658 m. Four urban sub-districts (Gongdelin, Gamagongsang, Zhaxi and Bakuo) (Figure 1) were selected from all six urban sub-districts of Chengguan District to ensure a good geographical coverage of urban Lhasa and obtain data that best represents the diverse demographic and socio-economic characteristics of its population [37]. These four sub-districts are composed of 20 neighborhoods and the socio-demographic characteristics of neighborhoods within the same sub-districts are comparable. The questionnaire survey was carried out in the 20 neighborhood committees which are located at the centers of each neighborhood.


Community knowledge and experience of mosquitoes and personal prevention and control practices in Lhasa, Tibet.

Liu X, Wan F - Int J Environ Res Public Health (2014)

The four urban sub-districts of this study.
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ijerph-11-09919-f001: The four urban sub-districts of this study.
Mentions: A cross-sectional questionnaire survey was conducted in the urban Chengguan district which is the only municipal district in Lhasa City, from 16 to 19 August in 2012. This district was selected because it is representative of the local population (accounting for nearly 50% of the total population of Lhasa City). This district has a total population of 279,074, with an area of 554 square kilometers and an average elevation of 3658 m. Four urban sub-districts (Gongdelin, Gamagongsang, Zhaxi and Bakuo) (Figure 1) were selected from all six urban sub-districts of Chengguan District to ensure a good geographical coverage of urban Lhasa and obtain data that best represents the diverse demographic and socio-economic characteristics of its population [37]. These four sub-districts are composed of 20 neighborhoods and the socio-demographic characteristics of neighborhoods within the same sub-districts are comparable. The questionnaire survey was carried out in the 20 neighborhood committees which are located at the centers of each neighborhood.

Bottom Line: The correlation analysis revealed that significant positive linear correlations existed between knowledge and experience, knowledge and practices, and experience and practices towards mosquitoes.Past experiences with mosquitoes can result in a better knowledge of effective mosquito control practices in the present and the future.The findings in this study may help to develop strategies and measures of mosquito and mosquito-borne diseases in the future, not only in Lhasa, but also in similar altitude, latitude and longitude regions worldwide.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: State Key Laboratory for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, National Institute for Communicable Disease Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 155 Changbai Road, Changping District, Beijing 102206, China. liuxiaobo@icdc.cn.

ABSTRACT
Since 2009, great public attention has been paid in Lhasa City (Tibet, China) to mosquito bites and accompanying inflammatory complications. However, the potential contribution of knowledge levels, experiences, disease control and preventive practices (KEP) towards mosquitoes has not received much attention. To investigate community KEP concerning mosquitoes in Lhasa, a cross-sectional survey was undertaken in four sub-districts of urban Lhasa in 2012. Questionnaires were designed to collect information regarding socio-demographics and KEP concerning the harmful effects of mosquitoes on participants. The scoring for KEP was developed after consultation of literature. A total of 591 eligible questionnaires were examined. The majority of respondents were female (61.8%) with a mean age of 46 years. Nearly all of the respondents were of Tibetan nationality (97.4%) and living in registered native households (92.7%), who have less than primary school education. The averages of overall score, knowledge score, experience score, and practice score were 9.23, 4.53, 1.80, 2.90, respectively. The registered household with the highest overall score, knowledge score and practice score was non-native. Female subjects with monthly incomes between 1000 and 3000 RMB had higher experience scores. The correlation analysis revealed that significant positive linear correlations existed between knowledge and experience, knowledge and practices, and experience and practices towards mosquitoes. Past experiences with mosquitoes can result in a better knowledge of effective mosquito control practices in the present and the future. Though the average of overall scores related to mosquitoes is high among the participants in Lhasa, however, the knowledge about the ecological habits of mosquitoes should be strengthened. The findings in this study may help to develop strategies and measures of mosquito and mosquito-borne diseases in the future, not only in Lhasa, but also in similar altitude, latitude and longitude regions worldwide.

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