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Table 1 Baseline demographics of respondents, stratified into ever and never heard of H7N9 or MERS

From: Adequacy of public health communications on H7N9 and MERS in Singapore: insights from a community based cross-sectional study

N = 2969 Ever heard of H7N9 (N = 1389, 46.8%)   Ever heard of MERS (N = 613, 20.6%)  
Socio-demographic characteristics Total respondents (%) a No. of respondents (%) b P-value No. of respondents (%) b P-value
Gender Male 1170 (39.4) 568 (48.5) 0.120 259 (22.1) 0.106
Female 1799 (60.6) 821 (45.6) 354 (19.7)
Age group 16–21 362 (12.2) 129 (35.6) < 0.001* 36 (9.9) < 0.001*
22–39 962 (32.4) 408 (42.4) 176 (18.3)
40–59 1133 (38.2) 601(53.0) 275 (24.3)
≥ 60 512 (17.2) 251 (49.0) 126 (24.6)
Ethnicity Chinese 1148 (38.7) 676 (58.9) < 0.001* 243 (21.2) 0.010*
Malay 1004 (33.8) 376 (37.5) 188 (18.7)
Indian 745 (25.1) 298 (40.0) 157 (21.1)
Others 72 (2.4) 39 (54.2) 25 (34.7)
Housing Public – 3 rooms and below 1043 (35.1) 408 (39.1) < 0.001* 167 (16.0) < 0.001*
Public – 4 rooms and above 1731 (58.3) 875 (50.5) 385 (22.2)
Private 195 (6.6) 106 (54.4) 61 (31.3)
Highest education attainment Primary 577 (19.4) 210 (36.4) < 0.001* 68 (11.8) < 0.001*
Secondary 1509 (50.8) 693 (45.9) 298 (19.7)
Tertiary 883 (29.8) 486 (55.0) 247 (28.0)
  1. *Significant difference between variable and awareness of H7N9 or MERS at P < 0.05, chi-squared test
  2. aTabulated in column percentages
  3. bTabulated in row percentages