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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 35-40

Evaluation of knowledge of the united arab emirates population on measles and its control, following a nationwide campaign

1 General Surgery, Rashid Hospital, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2 Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
3 Medical Students, College of Medicine, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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Dr. Ghiath Ismayl
Rashid Hospital (Dubai Health Authority), Umm Hurair 2 Dubai. P.O.BOX 4545.
United Arab Emirates
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ajm.ajm_56_19

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Introduction: In 2015, a nationwide campaign to eradicate measles was launched by the health authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This study aimed to assess the UAE society’s knowledge of measles and its control following this campaign. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among UAE residents above the age of 18 years from March to May 2017. A self-administered anonymous questionnaire was distributed, and a convenience sampling method was used. The data collected were entered and analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, version 22 software. Results: A total of 391 questionnaires were completed from the overall 410 distributed. Most of the population have heard of measles (94.6%). However, only 23.5% claimed they have high knowledge of the disease. Information on measles was mainly acquired from family and friends (50.3%). Individuals with higher educational status were more knowledgeable about several aspects of the disease. Married individuals and those with children were more likely to identify the symptoms and associated conditions of the disease correctly. However, married participants had more misconception about the relationship between autism and the measles vaccine. No significant differences were found between the different age groups, genders, or nationalities. Conclusion: Despite the nationwide campaign to eradicate measles, based on the results of our study, the majority of the UAE population did not have knowledge about the measles disease and its preventive measures. It is important that public health authorities and public health organizations seek to address these issues.

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