Assessment of Community Awareness Towards Zoonotic Tuberculosis in West Shoa, Ethiopia
Clinical Medicine Research
Volume 6, Issue 2, March 2017, Pages: 37-42
Received: Jul. 20, 2016; Accepted: Sep. 23, 2016; Published: Mar. 4, 2017
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Berhanu Temesgen, School of Veterinary Medicine, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia
Moa Melaku Shigut, School of Veterinary Medicine, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia
Tilahun Bekele Hailemariam, School of Veterinary Medicine, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia
Eshetu Chali, Parasitology Department, Bedelle Veterinary Regional Laboratory, Bedelle, Ethiopia
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A questionnaire based cross-sectional study was conducted from October, 2015 to April, 2016 to assess awareness of the community towards the zoonotic importance of bovine tuberculosis in Bako town and its surrounding villages. About 480 randomly selected human populations were interviewed. Awareness of respondents about zoonotic importance of bovine tuberculosis has significantly different in different categories of the variables including educational level (p=0.001), occupation (p=0.007) and age (p=0.041) of the respondents. 58.1% (280) of population have a knowledge of zoonotic tuberculosis transmission through consumption of raw milk, whereas 7.9% (38), 4.4% (21) and 9.2% (44) aware only zoonotictuberculosis transmission through uncooked meat, inhalation and contact, respectively. However, 20.2% (97) of respondents were having no awarenesson the transmission routes of zoonotic TB. From the respondents, 63 (13.1%) were consume raw milk, even though most of the participants (170, 59%) were consuming boiled milk. Those consume both raw and boiled milk were accounted for 58 (20.1%). The ways of community milk usage was significantly different in different types of respondent’s occupation and in different districts (p=0.000). This study indicates that the community awareness about zoonotic tuberculosis and its means of transmission was very low. Therefore, it necessitates detail study on epidemiological and socioeconomic significance of the disease in the community so as for effective implementation of TB control and prevention measures.
Bovine, Epidemiology, Cross Sectional, Tuberculosis, Transmission
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Berhanu Temesgen, Moa Melaku Shigut, Tilahun Bekele Hailemariam, Eshetu Chali, Assessment of Community Awareness Towards Zoonotic Tuberculosis in West Shoa, Ethiopia, Clinical Medicine Research. Vol. 6, No. 2, 2017, pp. 37-42. doi: 10.11648/j.cmr.20170602.12
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