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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 163-169

Assessment of the awareness level of dental students toward Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-coronavirus


1 Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Al-Farabi Colleges, Aleppo University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Immunology, Al-Farabi Colleges, Aleppo University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Nursing, Cairo University, Egypt
4 Department of Oral Medicine, Al-Farabi Colleges, Aleppo University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
5 Department of Oral Sciences, Al-Farabi Colleges, Aleppo University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Mohamed Yasser Kharma
Al-Farabi Colleges of Dentistry, Jeddah
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2231-0762.159951

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Background: Infection prevention and control measures are critical to prevent the possible spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in healthcare facilities. Therefore, healthcare workers should be aware of all procedures concerning prevention of and protection from MERS-CoV. Objective: The aim of this study is to improve the knowledge of the dental students and evaluate their awareness about MERS-CoV. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire was made according to MOH information and 200 dental students (Al-Farabi Colleges, Jeddah) were interviewed to evaluate their knowledge about MERS-CoV. Results: More than half of the dental students (54%) interviewed had good knowledge about the etiology, symptoms, and treatment of MERS-CoV. Measurements for infection control and protection were also known (79%). The sources of information for the students were: college (27%), MOH (25%), media (24%), and social community (23%), while 17% of the students interviewed had no idea about it. Conclusion: Dental students had good knowledge about MERS-CoV. However, more information still must be provided by MOH and college for the medical staff.


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