Risk perception and water purification practices for water-borne parasitic infections in remote Nepal

Adrienne N. Kovalsky, Steven Lacey, Upendra Raj Kaphle, James M. Vaughn

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Abstract

This study assesses water-borne infection risk perception and water boiling habits in a remote Sankhuwasava region of Nepal using a brief interview-style questionnaire. All subjects were aware of the risks associated with drinking unpurified water, but a majority (65%) reported they did not boil water regularly, and almost 60% of villagers interviewed had history of infection despite their boiling practices. In contrast to reports from other communities in Nepal, risk awareness was sufficient in this region. Water boiling alone did not confer protection. Future efforts should target sanitation, screening, and other sources of contamination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-231
Number of pages3
JournalTropical Doctor
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Parasitic Diseases
Water Purification
Water
Sanitation
Infection
Drinking Water
Habits
Interviews

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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Risk perception and water purification practices for water-borne parasitic infections in remote Nepal. / Kovalsky, Adrienne N.; Lacey, Steven; Kaphle, Upendra Raj; Vaughn, James M.

In: Tropical Doctor, Vol. 38, No. 4, 01.01.2008, p. 229-231.

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Kovalsky, Adrienne N. ; Lacey, Steven ; Kaphle, Upendra Raj ; Vaughn, James M. / Risk perception and water purification practices for water-borne parasitic infections in remote Nepal. In: Tropical Doctor. 2008 ; Vol. 38, No. 4. pp. 229-231.
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