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Table 2 Presentation of the symptoms/illness that the exit customers reported linked to antibiotic sales.

From: "Practical knowledge" and perceptions of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance among drugsellers in Tanzanian private drugstores

Symptoms/Illness Number of customers with the reported symptoms/illness Percentage that received antibiotics Percentage of the antibiotics bought on prescription
  n (%)   
All 350 (100) 24   32
Malaria 95* (27) 3k - 100
Coughδ 53 (15) 57 + 40
Stomachacheε 51 (15) 51 + 15
Headacheβ 38 (11) 0 -  
Feverφ 22 (6) 14 n.s. 0
Genital complaints 14 (4) 50 + 29
Diarrhea 10 (3) 90 + 10
  1. (-) significantly under-represented among the customers that received antibiotics. (Fever not significant) (+) significantly over-represented. (p < 0.05)
  2. *92 (97%) of customers with malaria received antimalarials, of these, 40% had a prescription
  3. κIn addition to malaria, one of these customers also had UTI and the others had fever, headache and coughing. All received both antimalarials and antibiotics.
  4. δ11% with cough also had fever (10% of those with cough who received antibiotics had fever)
  5. ε14% with stomachache also had diarrhea (27% of those who received antibiotics), 4% had fever
  6. β No malaria or fever
  7. φNot reported to be malaria