Hanging Clothes on Wire and its Association with Malaria Incidence in Batubara, North Sumatera

Budi Junarman Sinaga, Rahayu Lubis, Erna Mutiara


Masters Program in Public Health, Universitas Sumatera Utara



Background: The majority of the mosquito and parasite life-history traits that combine to determine malaria transmission intensity are environmental depen­dent. Earlier evidence suggests that certain malaria vectors can spend large parts of their adult life resting indoors. This study aimed to examine the practice of ha­ng­ing clothes on wire and its association with malaria incidence in Batubara, North Sumatera.

Subjects and Method: This was a case control study conducted in Batubara, North Sumatera in March 2018. A total of 176 people aged ≥ 15 years consisting of 88 cases of malaria and 88 controls were selected for this study. The dependent vari­a­ble was malaria incidence. The independent variable was hanging clothes on wire. The data were collected by questionnaire and analyzed by a logistic regression.

Results: Hanging clothes on wire was associated with an increased risk of ma­la­ria (OR= 3.33; 95% CI= 1.65 to 6.73; p= 0.001).

Conclusion: Hanging clothes on wire increases the risk of malaria.

Keywords: malaria, hanging clothes, wire.

Correspondence: Budi Junarman Sinaga. Masters Program in Public Health, Universitas Sumatera Utara, Jl. Prof. T. Maas, Medan, North Sumatera. Email: budijunarman@yahoo.com. Mobile: 081361424297.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26911/theicph.2018.01.24


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