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

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

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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
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2008


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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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