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Table 3 Knowledge on the scientific understanding and modes of transmission of H7N9

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

N = 1389 Yes No Not sure
N (%) N (%) N (%)
Scientific understanding of H7N9
1 H7N9 can cause serious disease in an infected person, leading to death. 1180 (85.0)b 9 (0.6) 200 (14.4)
2 Has H7N9 caused any human deaths? 967 (69.6)b 47 (3.4) 375 (27.0)
3 Antiviral drugs used for seasonal influenza such as tamiflu are also effective against H7N9 and can cure the infection. 221 (15.9)b 344 (24.8) 824 (59.3)
4 There are vaccines that can prevent H7N9 infection in peoplea 348 (25.0) 376 (27.1)b 665 (47.9)
Modes of transmission of H7N9: Can H7N9 be transmitted through the following ways?
5 Being near an infected person who is coughing and sneezing 1164 (83.8)b 61 (4.4) 164 (11.8)
6 Being in the same room as another person who is infected, even if he does not have symptoms yet 838 (60.3)b 205 (14.8) 346 (24.9)
7 Bites by mosquitos which are carrying the H7N9 virus 664 (47.8) 357 (25.7)b 368 (26.5)
8 Exchanges of blood (e.g. injection or transfusion) 1030 (74.2) 121 (8.7)b 238 (17.1)
9 Eating properly prepared and cooked chicken meat 234 (16.8) 844 (60.8)b 311 (22.4)
10 Touching chicken, ducks or other poultry that look ill 954 (68.7)b 182 (13.1) 253 (18.2)
11 Touching infected chicken, ducks or other poultry, even if they appear healthy 941 (67.8)b 174 (12.5) 274 (19.7)
12 Touching surfaces where the H7N9 virus is present (e.g. table tops, door handles, lift buttons) 755 (54.3)b 308 (22.2) 326 (23.5)
  1. aAt time of interview, there were no vaccines available
  2. bIndicates the number and percentage of respondents who got the question correct