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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 216-218

A study on knowledge and practice related to bird flu in a rural community of Hooghly District of West Bengal


1 Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Administration, All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health, Kolkata, India
2 Post Graduate Trainee (Diploma in Public Health), Department of Public Health Administration, All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health, Kolkata, India
3 Professor & Head, Department of Public Health Administration, All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health, Kolkata, India

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Shibani Datta
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Administration, All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health, Kolkata
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.77265

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For last few years in the early spring bird flu poses a threat to India. The causative agent H5N1 virus is also getting robust day by day acquiring an ability to cross the species barrier. It is now known as (H5N1) which is emerging as killer virus to man. Although human casualty is yet to be recorded from India, but the threat is not over. The present study had been undertaken in the village of Hakimpur of Singur Block of District Hooghly, West Bengal, with a population 862 of 215 families. The objective of the study was to assess the knowledge of the study population regarding bird flu and to study their practice regarding poultry maintenance. The head of the family from each family was interviewed. A house to house survey in the census method on a pre-designed, pre-tested, semi-structured schedule was done. Information regarding socio-demographic profile, poultry keeping, correct knowledge about bird flu, mode of transmission, culling, etc was recorded. The data were collected and analyzed by relevant statistical methods. The results showed that 46% respondents knew what bird flu is, 62.8% knew the mode of transmission, and 35.3% knew the procedure of culling. Out of literates about 53% and out of the illiterates only 0.93% were aware of the transmission of the virus through body fluids. The predominant source of information was mass media. 57.14% of the families rearing poultry, kept the birds in shed, 40.48% in cage, and 2.38% in living room.


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