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Table 3 Delays between onset and clinical assessment, and between admission to hospital and day of first blood sample, by professional background of patients

From: Ebola haemorrhagic fever outbreak in Masindi District, Uganda: outbreak description and lessons learned

  Professional background of patients   
  Community member Health Care Worker total p-value  
Delay "onset of disease - clinical assessment" (days) 0-1 9 41% 4 31% 13 37%  
  2 9 41% 5 38% 14 40%  
  3-4 4 18% 1 8% 5 14%  
  5 or more 0 0% 3 23% 3 9%  
  Total 22 100% 13 100% 35 100% *0.044
  mean 1.7 2.6 2.0  
Delay "admission to hospital - 1st blood sample taken" (days) < 0 (before admission) 2 10% 5 63% 7 25% **0.13
  0-1 14 70% 2 25% 16 57%  
  2 3 15% 0 0% 3 11%  
  3 or more 1 5% 1 13% 2 7%  
  total 20 100% 8 100% 28 100% *0.009
  1. *: Fisher exact test, two-sided, testing for an overall difference in proportions; **: unpaired t-test, two-sided, testing for a difference in means.