Level of awareness and frequency of contacts with common-known exposure factors of Leptospirosis among pig farmers and slaughterhouse workers in Kaduna Metropolis, Kaduna State Nigeria

Authors

  • Christian I. Ilozue Department of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
  • Jacob K.P. Kwaga Department of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
  • Mohammed Bello Department of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

Keywords:

Leptospirosis, Kaduna metropolis, Swine, Awareness, Common - known exposure factors

Abstract

To investigate the level of awareness and frequency of exposure to the commonly-known exposure factors of leptospirosis among pig farmers and slaughterhouse workers in Kaduna, a cross-sectional study was conducted in Kaduna metropolis. Of the 100 selected respondents, 13 (13.0%) of them had awareness of leptospirosis and 42 (42.0%) of the respondents had frequent contacts with common - known exposure factors that predispose them to the infection, with the highest frequency of contacts among respondents with no formal education, 66.67%. In conclusion, there is a high frequency of contact among the respondents to common known factors that predisposes them to the infection and low awareness level among them. This could constitute a health risk to the pig farmers and slaughterhouse workers in the metropolis; hence there is need for an increased enlightenment campaign about the infection and its zoonotic implications to the target population.

Published

2016-03-25

How to Cite

Christian I. Ilozue, Kwaga, J. K. ., & Bello, M. . (2016). Level of awareness and frequency of contacts with common-known exposure factors of Leptospirosis among pig farmers and slaughterhouse workers in Kaduna Metropolis, Kaduna State Nigeria. Scientific Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences, 5(3), 407-412. Retrieved from http://www.sjournals.com/index.php/sjpas/article/view/222

Issue

Section

Veterinary Medicine