Social construction of risk and prevention practices related to Aedes mosquito-borne disease in an endemic municipality in Colombia

Claudia Margarita Cortes Garcia, Claudia Milena Hormiga Sanchez, Yaneth Stefania Becerra Fajardo, Johan Sebastian Ariza Abril

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Introduction: This article analyzes risk discourses around dengue, zika and chikungunya constructed by lay people, community leaders and disease control experts from the fields of medical anthropology, medical sociology, and public health.

Methods: A qualitative ethnographic study was conducted in a municipality in Colombia (December 2016 and January 2018) with semistructured and open-ended interviews, informal dialogues, and fieldwork journal observations.

Results: This study found a mismatch in risk discourse about vector-borne diseases among health officials, lay people, and community leaders. These discourses are linked to the sociocultural contexts in which people live, and offer particular ways of giving meaning and acting in the face of disease prevention.

Conclusion: The findings show a multisituated risk that refers to the inside and outside of homes; and the prevention practices mentioned by different actors, in which a continuity of tensions between lay people, leaders and government officials can be observed.
Original languageSpanish (Colombia)
JournalRural and Remote Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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