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Revista Medica Herediana

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BENGOA SEMINARIO, Fritz; LLANOS ZAVALAGA, Luis Fernando; MAYCA PEREZ, Julio  and  VELASQUEZ HURTADO, Enrique. Knowledge, practices and intentions of conduct on Bartonellosis in the town of Sartimbamba, Sánchez Carrión Province, Dep. La Libertad: January-March 2005. Rev Med Hered [online]. 2008, vol.19, n.2, pp.48-49. ISSN 1018-130X.

Bartonellosis, also called "Carrion’s Disease" or "Peruvian Wart" is an infectious disease caused by Bartonella bacilliformis and transmitted by hematofogous female insects of Lutzomya genus. It is an endemic disease in certain zones of Peruvian Andes, like Ancash, Cajamarca, Amazonas, and Cusco. In the Region of La Libertad there were few temporary cases, but in the middle of 2002 an outbreak began in the Province of Sanchez Carrion, so that the town of Sartimbamba ended up being the most affected. Objective: To determine the level of knowledge, the conduct intentions, and practices in the population with regard to Bartonellosis disease. Material and methods: A pre elaborated survey was deployed and the input was stored on a database to be subsequently processed by SPSS 11.0 statistic software. Results: 26,8% has average knowledge, whereas 73,2% shows a low level of knowledge. The intent of the population towards the treatment (71,9%) and preventive measures (57,1%) that the Public Health Service offers is appropriate, practices do not agree with it. Thus, we observe surprising contradictions, such as the absolute lack of implementation of proventive measures and the lack of interest in attending the talks programmed by the Public Health Service. Conclusion: The population knows very little about this subject: (Rev Med Hered 2008;19)

Keywords : Bartonellosis; level of knowledge; conduct intentions; practices.

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