Global Advanced Research Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences (GARJMMS) ISSN: 2315-5159
April 2018, Vol. 7(4), pp. 090-097
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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona virus: Knowledge and attitude of Qassim University students, KSA 

Hanan M. M. Tork, RN, MSN, PhD and Fathia Ahmed Mersal, RN,MSN, PhD 

College of Nursing, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia 

*Corresponding Author E-mail: 3239@qu.edu.sa 

Accepted 05 May, 2018

Abstract

Globally, since September 2012, 1626 laboratory-confirmed infected cases with MERS including at least 668 related deaths have been reported to WHO from 26 countries. Approximately 80% of human cases have been reported by Saudi Arabia and the numbers of infected cases increase gradually. Effective infection prevention and control depends on awareness of people at all levels. The current study aim to assess the knowledge and attitude of QassimUniversity students in Saudi Arabia towards Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). A cross-sectional study was conducted among 733 undergraduate students at Qassim University. Knowledge and attitude were assessed by using self administered questionnaire. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 16. Descriptive statistics were used for data summarization and presentation. The findings of this study showed that the main sourcesof information regarding Corona among students were internet followed by television and radio. Lessthan three quarters of students had satisfactory knowledge and majority of them had positive attitude.Whereas majority of students think that University did not provide awareness campaigns about Corona.Furthermore, the findings explained that female had better knowledge than male and medical studentsaremore knowledgeable than non-medical students with p> (0.000). The current study findingsconcluded that the studied sample had good knowledge score as well as positive attitude toward MERSCoV. Future research should recruit students from different regions of the country in order to better assessment of students’ knowledge about MERS-CoV.

Keywords: Corona virus,  Knowledge, attitude, University students, KSA

 

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