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Table 2 Lassa fever knowledge

From: Diagnostic proficiency and reporting of Lassa fever by physicians in Osun State of Nigeria

Variable Frequency (n) Percentage (%)
Lassa fever is a viral disease:   
Yes 163 93.1
No 5 2.9
Incubation period ranges for 1–3 weeks:   
Yes 100 57.1
No 64 36.6
Reservoir – rat:   
Yes 169 96.6
No 3 1.7
Transmitted by rat biting:   
Yes 34 19.4
No 131 74.9
Cases are characterized by fever >38°C:   
Yes 144 85.2
No 25 14.8
Retrosternal pain is a common symptom:   
Yes 66 41.5
No 93 58.5
Bleeding from mucosal surface is a sign:   
Yes 142 84.5
No 26 15.5
Vomiting and shock is rarely observed:   
Yes 43 25.3
No 127 74.7
Proteinuria is suggestive:   
Yes 44 27.2
No 127 72.8
Fever refractory to treat and mucosal bleeding is a sign:   
Yes 134 79.3
No 35 20.7
Absence of profuse mucosal bleeding exclude diagnosis:   
Yes 5 3
No 161 97
Pediatrics clients are excluded from diagnosis:   
Yes 3 1.8
No 164 98.2
Cases can be confirmed without lab diagnosis:   
Yes 28 17.1
No 136 82.9
Aerosol transmission:   
Yes 57 34.8
No 107 65.2
Causative organism penetrates unbroken skin:   
Yes 37 22.8
No 125 77.2
Cases cease to be infectious after acute phase:   
Yes 18 11.0
No 146 89.0
Semen of case is capable of transmitting infection:   
Yes 71 43.0
No 94 57.0
Jaundice is a common manifestation:   
Yes 103 62.4
No 62 37.6
Bodies of dead cases constitute potential harm:   
Yes 122 73.1
No 45 26.9