Behavioral Factors and Work-related Illnesses among Animal Traders in the Largest Night Market in Thailand .

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Anek Mungaomklang Ratiwat Ueakoonwarawat Supaporn Chunthawee Pongchan Na-Lampang

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People who keep animals for trade or as pets are groups that encounter one of the highest risks for zoonotic diseases through close contact. This issue needs attention because zoonosis has been an important health problem around the world. The objective of this study was to investigate the behavioral factors associated with work-related illnesses among animal keepers and pet sellers in the largest night market of Thailand, located in Nakhon Ratchasima Province. A cross-sectional study was conducted using a questionnaire and a walk-through survey in the market during 1 Jan and 28 Feb 2015. Out of 75 animal traders, 60 responded to our questionnaire. Common injuries were animal scratches (56.7%), and bites (26.7%). Results from the multiple logistic regressions revealed a relationship between direct contact with animals and illnesses (odds ratio = 11.56, 95% CI = 1.16-115.20). Adequate education and promoting awareness among the animal traders who had prolonged exposure and direct contact with animals should be a main control strategy for prevention of work-related illnesses. 
 
Keywords: Occupational infection, surveillance, work-related illnesses, zoonosis

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MUNGAOMKLANG, Anek et al. Behavioral Factors and Work-related Illnesses among Animal Traders in the Largest Night Market in Thailand. OSIR Journal, [S.l.], v. 9, n. 3, oct. 2016. ISSN 2651-1061. Available at: <http://osirjournal.net/index.php/osir/article/view/Behavioral%20Factors%20and%20Work-related%20Illnesses%20among%20Animal%20Traders%20in%20the%20Largest%20Night%20Market%20in%20Thailand>. Date accessed: 07 mar. 2021.
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