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2017, Cilt 8, Sayı 4, Sayfa(lar) 214-219
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KNOWLEDGE ABOUT BRUCELLA IN SEMI-URBAN REGIONS
Ülken Babaoğlu1, Gökçe Demir2
1Ahi Evran Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Halk Sağlığı Anabilim Dalı, Kırşehir, Türkiye
2Ahi Evran Üniversitesi, Sağlık Yüksekokulu, Hemşirelik Bölümü, Kırşehir, Türkiye
Keywords: brucella, knowledge level, milk and product, public health

Brucella is one of the most common zoonotic diseases. Lack of information about brucellosis can affect patients’ health-seeking behaviors and thus cause constant infectation in semi-urban communities. This study assessed the information about brucellosis in people living in a semi-urban area in Central Anatolia. In this cross-sectional study, a questionnaire with 35 questions was collected. Numerical, percentage distribution chi-square test analysis methods were used in statistical analysis and p<0.05 was accepted as the level of significance. It was determined that 34.8% of the individuals participating in the study had never heard of brucella and 45.6% had learned it from their relatives or neighbors. While only 29.4% of the individuals reported that Brucella can be transmitted to humans by animals, 19.1% said that the infection can be transmitted from animal to animal, and 13.3% stated that one of the households had a diagnosis of brucella by a doctor. There was a statistically significant difference among individuals’ knowledge of brucella, their profession, their education and raw milk consumption. In this study evaluating the information about brucella, it appears that participants have insufficient knowledge of brucella and transmission routes. Health education and information on the cause, symptoms, contamination and prevention of brucellosis is necessary to reduce the prevalence of brucellosis in the community. For this reason, there is a need for cooperation between the public health and veterinary sectors.