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Table 3 Self- reported knowledge of infectious diseases according to gender, age and socio-economic status and principal fears of French society, as perceived by the study population: June-July 2006, Lyon-France.

From: Perception of epidemic's related anxiety in the General French Population: a cross-sectional study in the Rhône-Alpes region

Percentage of subjects with knowledge about infectious diseases
(n = 601)
  AIDS Avian influenza Meningitis Viral hepatitis Nosocomial
infections
SARS
Total (%) 93 75 68 56 48 23
Men (%) 92 74 64 47* 45 22
Women (%) 93 76 71 65* 51 23
Age categories (years)       
18-24 99 74 63 35* 32* 19
25-34 93 77 66 51 39* 20
35-44 96 81 77* 62 50 24
45-59 92 71 67 62 51 20
60 and over 88* 73 65 59 59* 27
Socio-economic status       
High 95 76 72 63 55 25
Medium 94 81 68 60 54 21
Low 92 72 67 53* 44* 22
First evoked (%) 38 21 14 15 8 4
Second evoked (%) 36 41 36 31 28 23
Total (%) 74 62 50 46 36 27
Fears
(n = 601)
  Cancer Pollution unemployment Terrorism Obesity Epidemics
First evoked (%) 38 21 14 15 8 4
Second evoked (%) 36 41 36 31 28 23
Total (%) 74 62 50 46 36 27
  1. *: significantly different to the total (p < 0.05)
  2. AIDS: Acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  3. SARS: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome