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Table 3 Reasons reported by the 302 non-compliant patients or family who answered to the follow-up calls

From: Human rabies post exposure prophylaxis at the Pasteur Institute of Dakar, Senegal: trends and risk factors

Reason (by order of frequency)a Number %
Costs of the PEP were too expensive 131 43.4
Animal was still alive at the time of the follow-up call 93 30.8
Patient did not “feel ill” at the time of the planned visit 66 21.8
Medical staff of the Pasteur Institute of Dakar told during the previous visit (D7) that it was not necessary to continue the PEP if the animal was still alive at the time of the planned visit 62 20.5
Patient or family was not available to come to the Pasteur Institute of Dakar at the date of the planned visit (e.g. hospitalisation of the patient’s parent, or out of the region/country) 56 18.5
Patient or the patient’s family did not understand that the visits of D7 and D21 were mandatory to ensure the efficacy of PEP 22 7.2
Patient had an adverse event after the vaccine dose injection 5 1.6
  1. aPatients or family reported several reasons for not being compliant to PEP