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Table 4 Difference in attitude and preventive behaviors against avian influenza among LPTs in the current influenza A(H7N9) epidemic compared with previous studies[12],[13]

From: Knowledge, attitudes and practices relating to influenza A(H7N9) risk among live poultry traders in Guangzhou City, China

  Positive response (%)
Items This study Previous studies[[12],[13]]
Perception and attitude   
  Perceived personal susceptibility to avian influenza infectiona 22.9 4.1 **
  Central slaughtering of poultryb 16.3 20.1
  Removing or slaughtering all birds in the stall during market rest days for cleaning and disinfectingb 40.5 34.0
Preventive behaviorsc   
  Washing hands after contacting live poultryb 63.4 81.9 **
  Wearing apron when contacting live poultrya 85.3 28.9 **
  Wearing gloves when contacting live poultrya 61.1 32.0 **
  Wearing face mask when contacting live poultryb 20.9 29.1 *
  1. *p < 0.05, **p < 0.001, test of difference in proportions.
  2. aData of previous study was from a study of awareness and prevention of avian influenza among persons of 275 closely contacting with poultries in 2007 in Shenzhen city, Guangdong province [12].
  3. bData of previous study was from a study of knowledge, attitude and behavior about human avian influenza of 259 employees in poultry in 2006 in Dongguan city, Guangdong province [13].
  4. cAmong those answered "always" or "frequently".