J Agric Med Community Health.  2010 Dec;35(4):339-349.

Awareness of Major Zoonoses among Dairy Farmers in Gyeonggi Province

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Preventive Medicine, Dongguk University College of Medicine, Korea. wisewine@dongguk.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Occupational Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Kumi Hospital, Korea.

Abstract


OBJECTIVES
We surveyed awareness levels of brucellosis, Q fever and enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) among dairy farmers in Gyeonggi Province to suggest directions for public education and public relations.
METHODS
We designed questionnaires to evaluate awareness of 3 major zooneses. We conducted a questionnaire survey to assess knowledge of the general characteristics of them, information sources for the awareness of zooneses, and the mode of transmission. Subjects were 716 workers from 482 dairy farms in Gyeonggi province.
RESULTS
The awareness levels for brucellosis, Q fever, and EHEC were 90.2%, 2.5% and 56.6%, respectively. Awareness of brucellosis and EHEC were tended to increase with higher number of school years. Television was the most common route of information for these zoonoses. Most common responses for questions concerning the method of transmission for each zoonoses, 'Contact with parturient fluid or placenta of animal' was 63.2% for brucellosis, 'Ingestion of raw meat or residual product' was 66.7% and 64.2% for Q fever and EHEC, respectively. The most common reason why dairy farmers think that it is difficult to prevent zoonoses was the inconvenience of wearing protection.
CONCLUSIONS
Education programs for zoonoses, especially Q fever, are needed for dairy farmers. In addition, publicity information activities about prevention of zoonoses are needed for high risk groups, such as the dairy farmers surveyed.

Keyword

Awareness; Dairying; Brucellosis; Q fever; Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli

MeSH Terms

Brucellosis
Dairying
Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli
Humans
Meat
Placenta
Q Fever
Television
Zoonoses
Surveys and Questionnaires
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