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Table 5 Health seeking and carcass handling practices among respondents (n = 452)

From: Knowledge, attitudes and practices on Rift Valley fever among agro pastoral communities in Kongwa and Kilombero districts, Tanzania

Variable Total Kongwa Kilombero P value
n = 452 n = 237 n = 215
Action taken during early stage of febrile illness
Visit health facility 337 (74.5) 209 (88.2) 128 (59.5) <0.001
Visit drug shop/store 110 (24.3) 25 (10.5) 85 (39.5) <0.001
Visit traditional healer 5 (1.1) 3 (1.3) 2 (1.0) 0.77
Practice to dead animal
Slaughter/skin 70 (15.5) 53 (22.4) 17 (7.9) <0.001
Bury 202 (44.7) 61 (25.7) 141 (65.6) <0.001
Inform veterinary officer 131 (29.0) 96 (40.5) 35 (16.3) <0.001
Leave it 49 (10.8) 27 (11.4) 22 (10.2) 0.69
Practice to carcass of suspected animal
Use protective gear 110 (24.3) 60 (25.3) 50 (23.3) 0.62
Use bear hands 180 (39.8) 95 (40.1) 85 (39.6) 0.91
Never handled 81 (17.9) 48 (20.3) 33 (15.3) 0.17
Sticks/piece of wood 50 (11.1) 22 (9.3) 28 (13.0) 0.24
Rope/hoe 31 (6.9) 12 (5.1) 19 (8.8) 0.04