Beyond the 'back yard': Lay knowledge about Aedes aegypti in northern Australia and its implications for policy and practice

Darlene McNaughton, Alan Clough, Petrina Johnson, Scott Ritchie, Scott Leslie O'Neill

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Controlling dengue fever in Australia and internationally, relies heavily upon the actions of residents as well as community education and awareness of the risks. Although it has been well established in medical anthropology that the success of health interventions is highly dependent upon a clear grasp of lay knowledge of disease, limited attention has been given to lay understandings of dengue fever and its vectors in the extant literature. We begin addressing this hiatus through an examination of north Queensland residents knowledge of the breeding habitats of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Building on the insights of earlier social research, we use factor analysis to examine the results of a series of randomly selected telephone surveys and compare responses over time and between cities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74 - 80
Number of pages7
JournalActa Tropica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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