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Journal of Environmental and Public Health
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 459173, 6 pages
Research Article

Factors Associated with Larval Control Practices in a Dengue Outbreak Prone Area

Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Jln Hospital, Sungai Buloh Campus, 47000 Sungai Buloh, Selangor, Malaysia

Received 9 June 2014; Accepted 8 September 2014; Published 17 September 2014

Academic Editor: Pam R. Factor-Litvak

Copyright © 2014 Mariam Mohamad et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In order to reduce the risk of dengue outbreak recurrence in a dengue outbreak prone area, the members of the community need to sustain certain behavior to prevent mosquito from breeding. Our study aims to identify the factors associated with larval control practices in this particular community. A cross-sectional study involves 322 respondents living in a dengue outbreak prone area who were interviewed using a pretested questionnaire. The level of knowledge about Aedes mosquitoes, dengue transmission, its symptoms, and personal preventive measures ranges from fair to good. The level of attitude towards preventive measures was high. However, reported level of personal larval control practices was low (33.2%). Our multiple logistic regression analysis showed that only those with a good level of attitude towards personal preventive measure and frequent attendance to health campaigns were significantly associated with the good larval control practices. We conclude that, in a dengue outbreak prone area, having a good attitude towards preventive measures and frequent participation in health campaigns are important factors to sustain practices on larval control.