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Table 2 Correct Knowledge of respondents on TB awareness, cause, transmission, sign &symptom, treatment and attitudes towards TB in the general population of Lesotho

From: Knowledge, attitude and associated factors towards tuberculosis in Lesotho: a population based study

Variables Correct knowledge- N (%)
Female Male Total
6621 (71.6%) 2626 (28.4%) 9247
TB Awareness
 Heard of tuberculosis or TB (yes) 6377 (96.3) 2379 (90.6) 8756 (94.7)
TB Cause
 Microbes/germs/bacteria (yes) 795 (12.0) 270 (10.3) 1065 (11.5)
 Smoking (no) 1597 (24.1) 833 (31.7) 2430 (26.3)
 Exposure to Cold temp. (no) 890 (13.4) 333 (12.7) 1223 (13.2)
 Dust/Pollution (no) 2767 (41.8) 1327 (50.5) 4094 (44.3)
TB Signs or Symptoms
 Coughing for several weeks (yes) 3877 (58.6) 1259(47.9) 5136 (55.5)
 Fever (yes) 537 (8.1) 124 (4.7) 661 (7.1)
 Loss of appetite (yes) 1744 (26.3) 360 (13.7) 2104 (22.8)
 Night Sweating (yes) 2905 (43.9) 622 (23.7) 3527 (38.1)
 Pain in chest or back (yes) 468 (7.1) 197 (7.5) 665 (7.2)
 Weight loss (yes) 2984 (45.1) 894 (34.0) 3878 (41.9)
TB Transmission
 Coughing or Sneezing (yes) 5370 (81.1) 1869 (71.2) 7239 (78.3)
 Sharing utensils (no) 454 (6.9) 185 (7.0) 639 (6.9)
 food 101 (1.5) 64 (2.4) 165 (1.8)
 Sexual contact (no) 71 (1.1) 39 (1.5) 110 (1.2)
TB treatment
 TB can be cured (yes) 5514 (83.3) 1931 (73.5) 7445 (80.5)
Adequate knowledge (Correct answers to ≥9 questions) 4438 (67.0%) 1098 (41.8%) 5536 (59.9%)