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Knowledge of Employee about Zoonoses-Associated with Reptiles in a Business Units that Imports and Sells Exotic Reptiles in Indonesia

Knowledge of Employee about Zoonoses-Associated with Reptiles in a Business Units that Imports and Sells Exotic Reptiles in Indonesia

Kanda Yanuar Muhamad1,3, Trioso Purnawarman2, Chaerul Basri2* 

1Graduate Student of Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary and Biomedical Science, Jl. Agatis, IPB Dramaga Campus, IPB University, Bogor, 16680; 2Division of Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Jl. Agatis, IPB Dramaga Campus, 16680, IPB University, Bogor, 16680; 3Agricultural Quarantine Agency, Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia, Jl. Harsono RM No. 3, 12550, Jakarta.

*Correspondence | Chaerul Basri, Division of Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Jl. Agatis, IPB Dramaga Campus, 16680, IPB University, Bogor, 16680; Email: chaerul@apps.ipb.ac.id

ABSTRACT

The growing popularity of exotic animals, particularly reptiles, as pets in Indonesia has been notable in recent years. Importing reptiles from countries with a history of reptile-borne zoonoses may potentially introduce pathogenic agents and facilitate their spread in Indonesia. The knowledge and awareness of importers and traders play a crucial role in mitigating the emergence of such potential risks. This research aimed to assess the level of knowledge among importers and sellers of reptiles concerning diseases that may be transmitted by these animals. A survey was conducted involving 113 employees working in reptile import and sales businesses all around Indonesia, utilizing the snowball sampling method. Data was collected through structured questionnaires administered during interviews. According to the research, most employees (63%) working in reptile import and sales industries have excellent knowledge about zoonoses-assosiated with imported reptiles, while about one-third (34%) have moderate knowledge, and a small fraction (4%) have poor knowledge. However, there are still misconceptions and gaps in understanding, particularly concerning transmission, waste handling, and prevention of zoonoses originating from reptiles. Therefore, efforts should be made to enhance the knowledge of zoonoses from reptiles among importers and reptile traders, aiming to prevent the transmission of zoonotic diseases from the reptiles being traded. 

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Advances in Animal and Veterinary Sciences

March

Vol. 12, Iss. 3, pp. 392-585

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