Knowledge and Awareness of Anthrax among the Community People at High, Medium and Low Risk Areas of Bangladesh

A cross-sectional survey was conducted to assess information about the awareness, attitudes and management practice towards Anthrax. Administrative areas of Bangladesh had been classified as high, medium, and low risk anthrax areas by assessing the risk of anthrax from reports published in daily newspapers and journals. The selected high, medium and low risk areas were Kushtia, Pabna and Mymensingh, respectively. The animal owners and family members, butchers, affected people by cutaneous anthrax were considered as the key informants. Data of management practice including feeding, awareness of zoonosis; vaccination and formal education were collected using interview-questionnaire method. A total data of 622 was collected and uploaded to the data collection tools “Magpi” and the data analysis was carried out using Epi Info™. We found a great worry about educational status in our study sites. Among the interviewers, we found about Half of people had no formal education (46.46%, 289/622). Farmers in the high risk districts significantly more aware of anthrax compared to those from medium-(p=0.000) and low-(p=0.000) risk districts. Knowledge of zoonosis of Anthrax and vaccination of Anthrax were also very poor among the people from low and medium risk areas. For treatment purpose, most of the farmers (about 98%) of high and low risk areas depend on village doctors. We also found that Improper washing of grass-(p=0.000) and flood-(p=0.000) were significantly responsible for Anthrax outbreaks. Finally we suggest, proper washing of grass, increase awareness towards zoonosis of Anthrax and vaccination, proper treatment by veterinarian should be insured to reduce Anthrax outbreak in Bangladesh.

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