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Table 3 Hospital visit and medicine use by cases of acute gastrointestinal illness in the 4 weeks prior to interview in Gansu Province, northwest China, June 2012May 2013

From: Estimating the burden of acute gastrointestinal illness in the community in Gansu Province, northwest China, 2012–2013

Variable No. of case (%)
Sought medical care (n = 104)  
  Yes 78 (75.0)
  No 26 (25.0)
Submit a stool sample (n = 78)  
  Yes 38 (48.7)
  No 40 (51.3)
Take medicine (n = 104)  
  Yes 98 (94.2)
  No 6 (5.8)
Type of medicine (n = 92)a  
  Antibiotics 64 (69.6)
  Antidiarrhoeals 52 (56.5)
  Analgesics 19 (20.7)
  Antipyretics 9 (9.8)
  Antacids 3 (3.3)
  Other 5 (5.4)
  Unknown 19 (20.7)
Location of medicine purchase (n = 98)a  
  Hospitals with prescription 78 (79.6)
  Family medicine chest 16 (16.3 )
  Pharmacy 12 (12.2 )
  Other 1 ( 1.0 )
  1. aBecause some cases took more than one type of medication and some cases visited more than one location, so the total percentage may exceeds 100%.