2023, Vol. 3, Issue 2, Part A
Knowledge, attitude and practices on anthrax among animal and human health professionals in kellem wollega zone of Oromia regional state, Ethiopia
Author(s): Fasige Getahun
Abstract: Ethiopia has the 2nd largest human population in Africa and the largest livestock population on the continent. The country is mainly vulnerable to zoonotic diseases because its economy is primarily dependent on agriculture. Anthrax is a potentially fatal naturally occurring infectious disease of warm-blooded animals that primarily affects herbivorous mammals. Humans become infected incidentally through contact with diseased animals or contaminated animal products. The objective of this study aims to assess the animal and human health professionals’ knowledge, attitudes, and practices towards anthrax diseases in Kellem Wollega Zone starting from July to September, 2022. A cross-sectional study design using questionnaires were used to evaluate the animal and human health professionals of the study area on their knowledge, attitudes, and practices on anthrax starting from July to September, 2022.A total of 390 respondents participated in the questionnaire survey Of these, 190 were animal health professionals while 200 were human health professionals working in government institutions. The overall knowledge of human health professional 59% (62%, 60.5% attitude and 56.4%) practice. The overall knowledge of Veterinarians 71% (77.8%, 67.7% attitude and 67.5%). In general, in some districts they considered anthrax as a forgotten disease. The KAP of the human health professional participants towards anthrax was lower than veterinarians. Moreover, there was no consistent understanding of the disease among the participants.
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Fasige Getahun. Knowledge, attitude and practices on anthrax among animal and human health professionals in kellem wollega zone of Oromia regional state, Ethiopia. Zool Entomol Lett 2023;3(2):08-16. DOI: 10.22271/letters.2023.v3.i2a.63