Dengue fever in Kosur Panjayat of Karur district in Tamil Nadu: An investigation
Author(s): Malathi P and Kurinchi Vanan C
Abstract: During December 2018, there was an outbreak reported from 8 villages in Kosur Panjayat of Kuliththalai thaluk, Karur District, Tamil Nadu, India. We want to analyze the environmental determinants of dengue vector breeding habitats in the affected villages and factors influenced for the outbreak of fever of kosur panjayat. The study was conducted in Kosur Panjayat at Karur district, Tamil Nadu, India. Total of 300 respondents were included for the study. Random sampling method was used for the survey. A structured questionnaire having four parts was used for the survey. Among the 300 respondents, 62% were female and 38% male. Most of the respondents 41% were between the ages of 36 to 45 years. Only 5% of the respondents correctly point out that virus is the cause of the dengue fever. Since they not aware that dengue mosquito is day bitter, they are not using any repellent during day time. Nearly all the households were practicing water storage. Many respondents (66%) in the sample reported that they have not taken any measures to prevent dengue mosquito larval breeding in water holding containers. The result found that lack of knowledge of dengue fever associated with lower education level and household income and house type.