Community Knowledge and Attitudes and Health Workers’ Practices regarding Non-malaria Febrile Illnesses in Eastern Tanzania

by Beatrice Chipwaza, Joseph P. Mugasa, Iddy Mayumana et al.
PLoS Negl Trop Dis 8(5): e2896 (22 May 2014)

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A number of non-malaria febrile illnesses including Rift Valley Fever, dengue fever, Chikungunya virus infection, leptospirosis, tick-borne relapsing fever and Q-fever have been reported in Tanzania. This study aimed at assessing the awareness of communities and practices of health workers on non-malaria febrile illnesses. The results emphasize the need for creating community awareness on other causes of fever apart from malaria. Based on this study, appropriate treatment of febrile patients will require inputs geared towards strengthening of diagnostic facilities, drugs availability and optimal staffing of health facilities.

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