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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 4751-4755

Factors influencing delay in initiating post-exposure prophylaxis for rabies prevention among animal bite victims: a cross sectional study

1 Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College, Srinagar, Kashmir, India
2 Department of Pharmacology, Government Medical College, Srinagar, Kashmir, India

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_890_20

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Background and Aims: The aim of this study was to identify the delay and the factors associated with delay in initiating post exposure prophylaxis. Methods: A consecutive sampling method was proceeded, and 199 patients attending the anti-rabies clinic with a history of animal bite reported at SMHS Hospital were the subjects of the study. Results: Majority of the patients (72.36%) reported a delay within 6 h after exposure, 18.59% within (6-48) h and 9.04% after 48 h of exposure. Conclusion: Increasing the number of accessible anti-rabies clinics as well as increasing the awareness among general public about timely post exposure prophylaxis in the community are some of the factors that need to be implemented.

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