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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 32-36

Awareness on Bioterrorism among qualified dentists in a teaching dental institution in southern India


1 Department of SIBAR Institute of Dental Sciences, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, SIBAR Institute of Dental Sciences, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
3 Department of Pedodontontics and Preventive Dentistry, SIBAR Institute of Dental Sciences, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
4 Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics, Kims Dental College, Amalapuram, Andhra Pradesh, India
5 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Care Dental College, Guntur, Andhra pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Bommireddy Vikram Simha
Department of Public Health Dentistry, SIBAR Institute of Dental Sciences, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh - 522509
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/JDRNTRUHS.JDRNTRUHS_112_19

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Background: Bioterrorism covers a vast spectrum of concerns, from catastrophic terrorism with mass casualties, to micro-events using low technology but producing civil unrest, disruption, disease, disabilities, and death. In such a situation, the medical community should educate the public about the threat. Education of the dental profession regarding the medical and oral manifestations of diseases that may result from a bioterrorist attack will be important. Thus, our aim of the study was to assess the knowledge, practice, and attitude toward bioterrorism among postgraduate dental students and dental staff in a private institution. Methods: Using convenience sampling, postgraduate dental students and the teaching staff of an institute in Guntur were given a questionnaire to assess them regarding bioterrorism. The questionnaires were collected, and the Chi-square test was performed with IBM. SPSS Statistics version 20 windows program software. Results: About 61.9% of postgraduate dental students and dental staff were aware of the term bioterrorism. More than 68.18% of postgraduate dental students and 67.7% of dental staff were not aware of the pathogenic agents of bioterrorism, and they have not attended either any lecture on it. Conclusion: Dental staff had better knowledge about bioterrorism compared to postgraduate dental students. Hence, there is a need to include training and education in the predoctoral dental and dental hygiene curriculums and developing CE courses for practicing dental professionals.


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