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05 / 05 / 2024

 


Awareness toward monkeypox virus among the public in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study

Hadeel Alghamdi, Seba Alzaydi, Nouran Alkhaifi, Joud Mahmoud, Fai Abdullah, Mohammed Elshafey.


Abstract
Objective: This study aimed to conduct initial research on Monkeypox virus (MPXV) knowledge, attitudes, practices, and related sociodemographic characteristics within the general population of Saudi Arabia.
Methods: A cross-sectional survey was carried out in Saudi Arabia from August 15 to September 15, 2022. An online self-reported questionnaire was distributed via various social media platforms using Google Forms. The survey consisted of 31 questions divided into four parts including demographic information, knowledge of Monkeypox disease, preventive measures, and participants’ attitudes toward the global health crisis.
Results: A survey of 456 participants found that the majority were women (81.4%), unmarried (81.6%), and aged 18-29 years (80.3%). Most resided in the Western area, held a college degree, and were unemployed. The findings revealed concerning behaviors related to social gatherings but also encouraged to prevention of the spread of the MPXV. Participants demonstrated a good understanding of Monkeypox transmission, symptoms, and high-risk groups while emphasizing early treatment and the importance of hand hygiene.
Conclusion: Further education and outreach are necessary to address areas of lacking knowledge about the MPXV, despite satisfactory public understanding in Saudi Arabia. Insights from other countries highlighted the global awareness disparities.

Key words: Monkeypox, Saudi Arabia, knowledge, attitude, practices


 
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Alghamdi H, Alzaydi S, Alkhaifi N, Mahmoud J, Abdullah F, Elshafey M. Awareness toward monkeypox virus among the public in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study. IJMDC. 2024; 8(6): 1356-1361. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1709094718


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Alghamdi H, Alzaydi S, Alkhaifi N, Mahmoud J, Abdullah F, Elshafey M. Awareness toward monkeypox virus among the public in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study. https://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=192515 [Access: July 14, 2024]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1709094718


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Alghamdi H, Alzaydi S, Alkhaifi N, Mahmoud J, Abdullah F, Elshafey M. Awareness toward monkeypox virus among the public in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study. IJMDC. 2024; 8(6): 1356-1361. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1709094718



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Alghamdi H, Alzaydi S, Alkhaifi N, Mahmoud J, Abdullah F, Elshafey M. Awareness toward monkeypox virus among the public in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study. IJMDC. (2024), [cited July 14, 2024]; 8(6): 1356-1361. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1709094718



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Alghamdi, H., Alzaydi, . S., Alkhaifi, . N., Mahmoud, . J., Abdullah, . F. & Elshafey, . M. (2024) Awareness toward monkeypox virus among the public in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study. IJMDC, 8 (6), 1356-1361. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1709094718



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Alghamdi, Hadeel, Seba Alzaydi, Nouran Alkhaifi, Joud Mahmoud, Fai Abdullah, and Mohammed Elshafey. 2024. Awareness toward monkeypox virus among the public in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 8 (6), 1356-1361. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1709094718



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Alghamdi, Hadeel, Seba Alzaydi, Nouran Alkhaifi, Joud Mahmoud, Fai Abdullah, and Mohammed Elshafey. "Awareness toward monkeypox virus among the public in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 8 (2024), 1356-1361. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1709094718



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Alghamdi, Hadeel, Seba Alzaydi, Nouran Alkhaifi, Joud Mahmoud, Fai Abdullah, and Mohammed Elshafey. "Awareness toward monkeypox virus among the public in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 8.6 (2024), 1356-1361. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1709094718



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Alghamdi, H., Alzaydi, . S., Alkhaifi, . N., Mahmoud, . J., Abdullah, . F. & Elshafey, . M. (2024) Awareness toward monkeypox virus among the public in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 8 (6), 1356-1361. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1709094718





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