Introduction: The India has experienced outbursts and epidemics of many viral infectious diseases. As about 75% of medical facilities are concentrated in urban sectors the rural areas are primary victims of such a diseases. 21st century has far experienced more than 10 pandemic viral outbursts including fatal coronavirus disease. Therefore, it is necessary to have knowledge about viral diseases and also positive attitude towards them .There is also requirement of dynamic approaches about for use in future disease outbreaks .This study is aimed to know the knowledge , attitude and approach about viral infectious diseases among people living in rural areas.
Objectives: To assess knowledge, attitude and approach towards viral infectious diseases among rural areas with the help of questionnaire.
Method: This study was carried out in rural areas around Karad.
Participants were enrolled from villages around Karad city and they are interviewed by using a structured questionnaire and results are obtained.
Results: Study result shows that knowledge about viral infectious diseases is 53.46%, attitude towards viral infections is 53.61%, and approach towards viral infectious diseases is 56.36%. The mean age of participants is 36.65 years.
Conclusion: The knowledge about viral infectious diseases among rural residents is adequate to prevent spread of viral diseases. Attitude is positive towards viral diseases in western Maharashtra and they approaches quite positively towards viral diseases.