Article Number: DRJVMAS20918374357
ISSN: 2734-2166

Vol. 4 (6), pp. 66-70, December 2019

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Original Research Article

Knowledge and Attitude of Beef Consumers about Bovine Tuberculosis Transmission to Man through Consumption of Infected Beef in Ibadan Metropolis

*Aduloju, A. R.

Roberts, A. E.

Oluwalana, T.

Okeleke, S. O.

Agboola, F. O.


This study examines the knowledge and attitude of beef consumers about bovine tuberculosis transmission to man through the consumption of infected beef in the Ibadan metropolis. Ninety-two respondents were selected from the Ibadan metropolis using a simple random sampling technique. A well-structured questionnaire was used to obtain data from the respondents. Chi-square was used to assess the association between socio-economic characteristics of the respondents and their level of awareness on the transmission of tuberculosis to man through the consumption of infected beef. Results showed that males were predominant in the study area (56.6%) as against the female (42.2%) which implies that there are more males involved in beef activities (sales, buying, and consumption) in the target population. The study also showed that more than half of the respondents were aware of tuberculosis transmission through consumption of infected beef but 59.8% of the respondents were not aware that eating raw and undercooked meat can predispose them to tuberculosis infection. Findings also showed that respondents mostly get information on tuberculosis transmission from the media such as magazines (77.2%) and newspapers (68.5%), also from family (68.5%) as against veterinarians (26.1%), public health officers (13.8%) and extension agents (9.8%) which recorded the least means of information to beef consumers. It is recommended that concerted effort be made by veterinarians, public health personnel, and extension agents by ensuring that more effective methods and means of disseminating important health information to the public are adopted. This will help beef consumers to ensure that all beef bought from markets and abattoirs are subjected to adequate inspection and proper cooking before consumption.

Keywords: Consumers knowledge, beef consumption, bovine tuberculosis, Ibadan metropolis

 Received: November 2, 2019  Accepted: November 20, 2019  Published: November 30, 2019

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