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National Journal of Community Medicine

Original Article

Year: 2021 | Volume: 12 | Issue: 9 | Page No: 262-266

Misconceptions and Myths Regarding Dog Bite In Urban Area of Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu

Author: Shobana Priya Ganesh1, Krishna kumar J2, Arun R3

Affiliation:

1Post Graduate, Department of Community Medicine, Sree Balaji Medical College and Hospital, BIHER, Chennai

2Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Sree Balaji Medical College and Hospital, BIHER, Chennai

3Senior Resident, Department of Community Medicine, Sree Balaji Medical College and Hospital, BIHER, Chennai

Abstract:

Background: Dogs are the main source of human rabies, contributing up to 99% of all rabies transmissions to humans. Though dog bite injuries to humans in India have received much attention, there are certain misconceptions. Methodology: Cross-sectional study was carried out in urban field practice area of Anakaputhur in Kancheepuram district. By purposive sampling method, 285 outpatients visiting the urban health centre during a period of two months were included as study participants. SPSS version 20 used for entering and analysis of data. Result: Among the study participants, 36.4 % participants believed that vaccine is given in the stomach, many of them followed certain food restrictions among which 65.2% participants avoided non – vegetarian after dog bite. Around 25.6% participants believed rabies is caused only by dogs and 17 % participants were not aware that rabies is caused by animals other than dog. Less than half of them only responded that they will complete the course of anti-rabies vaccine, if there are no symptoms. Conclusion: According to this study myths and misconception regarding dog bite were found to be highly prevalent. These beliefs and practices are of no use and can be harmful at times.

Keywords: Rabies, Food restriction, Vaccine

DOI: 10.5455/njcm.20210616075712


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