20Jan 2017

ASSESSMENT OF AWARENESS OF MEDICAL STUDENTS IN THE CLINICAL PHASE IN KSAU-HS,COM, RIYADH TOWARDS ZIKA VIRUS

  • College of Medicine/King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Science, Saudi Arabia.
  • Department of Medical Education, College of Medicine/King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Science, Saudi Arabia.
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To assess the level of awareness of medical students in clinical yearsregarding Zika Virus, and to compare the level of awareness among male and female student. This is a cross sectional survey of medical students in the clinical years in KSAU-HS, Riyadh, College of Medicine. Assessment was done by a self-administered questionnaire, and data entry analysis was done by using SPSS version 20. Of the 152 participants out of 293 students, 114 were male (75%) and 38 were female (25%). 29 out of 152 reported that they had never heard of the virus before (19.1%). 36 (29.3%) of participants chose an infected Aedes species mosquito\\\'s bite, 40 (32.5%) chose that maternofetal transmission occurs during pregnancy, and only 9 (7.3%) chose that it can be transmitted through sexual contact. When asked about previous Zika disease outbreaks, 76 (61.8%) students said that they have heard of the 2015 Brazil outbreak, 6 (4.9%) students said that they had heard about the 2013 French Polynesia outbreak, and not a single student said that they had heard about the 2007 Yap outbreak. In conclusion, a low level of knowledge regarding Zika virus was found amongst medical students especially when compared to their knowledge of MERS-COV.


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[Mohammed Sambas., Mohammed Alshareef, Salem Alshimemeri., AbdulrahmanAlshareef, Sajida Agha, Emad M. Masuadi.. (2017); ASSESSMENT OF AWARENESS OF MEDICAL STUDENTS IN THE CLINICAL PHASE IN KSAU-HS,COM, RIYADH TOWARDS ZIKA VIRUS Int. J. of Adv. Res. 5 (1). 655-659] (ISSN 2320-5407). www.journalijar.com


Abdulrahman Alshareef
King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences - College of Medicine

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Article DOI: 10.21474/IJAR01/2794       DOI URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.21474/IJAR01/2794


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