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Memorias del Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencias de la Salud

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NUNEZ, Cynthia  and  SAMUDIO, Margarita. Knowledge, attitudes, practices and perception of risk of dairy herd workers in Colonia 07 Montes regarding specific zoonoses. Mem. Inst. Investig. Cienc. Salud [online]. 2021, vol.19, n.2, pp.59-68. ISSN 1812-9528.

Dairy herd workers are at constant risk of contracting zoonotic diseases such as brucellosis, tuberculosis, leptospirosis and anthrax, due to exposure to biological agents and direct contact with animals during the performance of their work. The level of knowledge, attitudes, practices, risk perception and sociodemographic characteristics of dairy herd workers in the 07 Montes colony of the Curuguaty district against zoonosis was described in the last trimester of 2019. A quantitative, observational study, descriptive, cross-sectional, in which a questionnaire with 33 questions applied to 121 workers was used, with which demographic variables, knowledge, attitudes, practices and risk perception were collected. The data were analyzed through the SPSS statistical program. For the univariate analysis, descriptive statistics were used to represent the data expressed in frequencies, percentages and tables. It was observed that 52.9% of the workers had knowledge about zoonotic diseases, 74.4% had positive attitudes, 66.9% implemented positive practices and 52.9% perceived the risk. Less than 75% of the workers surveyed had optimal knowledge, attitudes, practices and perceptions of risk, which is worrying considering their constant exposure to zoonotic diseases, that is why multisectoral educational strategies should be implemented concerning these pathologies and their preventive measures to improve this situation.

Keywords : zoonoses; knowledge; practices; attitudes; perception of risk; dairy herds; Paraguay.

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