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Knowledge and practices about bedbug infestation in College of Health Science and Technology Kaltungo

 Department: Environmental Health Science  
 By: usericon Danhausa  

 Project ID: 7049
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In the past decade, there has been a dramatic resurgence of bedbug infestation that has been observed worldwide both in the high-income economies like the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, as well as among some of African and Asian countries. It is fuelled by unplanned urbanization, uncontrolled population spurt, poor personal hygiene, inadequate resources, unawareness, enhanced international travel, widespread insecticide resistance, and poor-quality housing. A study on knowledge and practice about bedbug infestation in Kaltungo district was conducted from December 2020 to January 2023. This aimed at establishing bedbug infestation, assessing the knowledge on hazards associated with harbouring bedbugs and the control practices employed by the people of Kaltungo community. A descriptive cross-sectional study was carried out to collect both qualitative and quantitative data. Simple random sampling technique was used to obtain the study sample. 80 households were sampled and participated in the study. The study established a high infestation in the region. Out of 71 houses inspected, the majority fifty-six (78.9%) of them were infested with fifteen (21.1%) un-infested that showed no signs of infestation. Signs and symptoms included skin rash and body itching fifteen (31.3%), skin rash and hallucinations twenty-two (45.83%), skin rash, body swelling, hallucinations and body itching eleven (22.9%). Household heads applied one or more of the control practices. Majority twenty-two (25.5%) of household heads used chemicals alone. Data on infestations systematically collected shows the possibility of increased cases of infestations in the near future. Poor quality of housing, overcrowding and other related confounding factors serve as a potential breeding ground for bedbugs leading to widespread bedbug infestation. ...
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