Understanding risk perception from traditional knowledge of Mayan farmers on Rickettsioses.

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    • Abstract:
      Rickettsioses are a group of tick-borne infectious diseases. The clinical presentation is characterised by unspecified manifestations seen in illnesses such as dengue, zika, and chikungunya, so identification is complicated. The greatest impact occurs among the world's poorest populations. Rickettsioses have hardly been studied from a qualitative perspective to show the cultural horizon of the people affected. We aimed to describe the perception of Mayan indigenous farmers about their risk perception for disease transmission. We used the ethnographic method and built life stories. From the perspective of people interviewed, their relationship with the reservoirs for vectors did not represent a high risk, did not consider that blisters and other skin lesions are caused by tick bites. Contributions as this article show the thinking logic underlying the perception of risk of these impoverished populations. To produce synergy with prevention efforts, it is necessary to know the cultural perspectives of targeted groups. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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