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Trop. Med. Infect. Dis. 2017, 2(2), 16; doi:10.3390/tropicalmed2020016

The Understanding of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Among Medical Practitioners of Karachi, Pakistan

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Dow College of Pharmacy, Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi 75270, Pakistan
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Department of Pharmacy Practice, College of Clinical Pharmacy, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (University of Dammam), Dammam 31441, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia
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Jinnah University for Women, V – C, Nazimabad, Karachi 74600, Pakistan
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Faculty of Pharmacy, Hamdard University, Sharae Madinat al-Hikmah, Mohammad Bin Qasim Avenue, Karachi 74600, Pakistan
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Academic Editor: John Frean
Received: 3 May 2017 / Revised: 8 June 2017 / Accepted: 12 June 2017 / Published: 14 June 2017
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Abstract

The World Health Organization (WHO) has acknowledged the large West African Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak to be a community health disaster of global concern, and the spread of disease demands a synchronized response. Medical practitioners have an increased risk of contracting the disease as compared to others as they are directly exposed to patients’ blood or fluids. This study evaluated the knowledge of medical practitioners in Karachi regarding EVD. It was descriptive and exploratory in nature and took place over a period of 4 months, i.e., August 2016 to November 2016. The respondents were randomly selected by convenience sampling and surveyed with a 20-item questionnaire. Overall, 403 questionnaires were included in the study and a response rate of 80.6% was achieved. The majority (56.3%) considered themselves to be somewhat knowledgeable; females had more knowledge as compared to male (p < 0.003). More than 80% knew about the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Interestingly, the findings revealed that respondents’ knowledge about diagnosis and identification of EVD is good. Respondents considered EVD a severe disease and emphasized on the need for protective measures when contacting affected patients. Interventions should be tailored to focus on areas where respondents showed a lack of knowledge about the disease. View Full-Text
Keywords: Ebola virus disease; healthcare practitioners; Pakistan Ebola virus disease; healthcare practitioners; Pakistan
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Shakeel, S.; Iffat, W.; Naqvi, A.A.; Ahmed, F.; Usmani, S.; Mazhar, M.; Nisar, A. The Understanding of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Among Medical Practitioners of Karachi, Pakistan. Trop. Med. Infect. Dis. 2017, 2, 16.

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