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Table 3 Beliefs about causation, perceived credibility of information sources and risk perceptions following a H7N9 outbreak

From: Early responses to H7N9 in southern Mainland China

Item     
Beliefs about causation   Related (N, %) Uncertain Not related
  Floating pigs 349 (34.5) 272 (26.9) 385 (38.0)
  New migrants 232 (23.1) 246 (24.5) 525 (52.3)
  Poor Chinese hygiene 622 (61.7) 272 (27.0) 114 (11.3)
  Unhygienic poultry trade 784 (77.6) 90 (8.9) 136 (13.5)
  Recent temperature fluctuations 548 (54.4) 95 (9.4) 364 (36.1)
  Global climate change 450 (44.6) 202 (20.0) 356 (35.3)
Trust in communications   Strongly believe Moderately believe Do not believe
  Chinese government 360 (36.5) 529 (53.6) 98 (9.9)
  Chinese experts 191 (20.0) 525 (54.9) 241 (25.2)
  Western experts 87 (11.8) 339 (45.9) 312 (42.3)
Beliefs about relative risk   More at risk than me Similar or less risk Unsure
  Regular contact with poultry 863 (85.4) 60 (5.9) 88 (8.7)
  Migrants 381 (37.7) 420 (40.6) 210 (20.8)
  Children 522 (51.6) 383 (37.9) 106 (10.5)
  Young people 59 (5.8) 821 (81.2) 131 (13.0)
  Elderly people 736 (72.8) 198 (19.5) 77 (7.6)
  Those with weak immunity 815 (80.6) 106 (10.5) 90 (8.9)