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Revista del Instituto de Medicina Tropical

Print version ISSN 1996-3696


RIOS-GONZALEZ, Carlos Miguel; DE BENEDICTIS-SERRANO, Ginno Alessandro  and  CHIRINO CAICEDO, Alfonzo David. Knowledge, attitudes and practices on medical students in Mayaro virus, 2017. Rev. Inst. Med. Trop. [online]. 2018, vol.13, n.1, pp.32-39. ISSN 1996-3696.


In Latin America there are several arboviruses that affect populations and present similar symptoms, such as the Mayaro virus, which has not been studied extensively on the continent, having a high capacity to spread


to determine the knowledge, attitudes and practices about the Mayaro in medical students from Latin America during the months of July to August 2017.

Material and methods:

A cross-sectional, observational, cross-sectional, non-probabilistic study was conducted for convenience in medical students.


A total of 989 medical students aged 18-32 years were included in the study, of whom 58.24% (576) were male, were third year 33.47 (331), and 44, 08% of the participants were from Venezuela (446). The level of knowledge was 71.39% (706) low, 24.97% (247) considered that the public has the most important role in the control of Mayaro, and 39.23% (388) do not use repellents.


The level of general knowledge was low, indecisive / doubtful attitudes and appropriate practices.

Keywords : Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice in Health; Medicine students; Arbovirus Infection.

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