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Table 3 Preventive practices on leptospirosis among respondents

From: Leptospirosis and its prevention: knowledge, attitude and practice of urban community in Selangor, Malaysia

  n = 315
Preventive Practices* Good n (%) Unacceptable n (%)
I make sure there is no rodent within the perimeter of my house 255 (81.0) 60 (19.0)
I went for a picnic at a waterfall / river / lake that was confirmed with leptospirosis (within the last 6 months) 234 (74.3) 81 (25.7)
I made sure my house is free from any waste 257 (81.6) 58 (18.4)
I get rid of the waste even when I have wounds/cuts on my hands/legs 197 (62.5) 118 (37.5)
I eat/ drink while handling the waste 293 (93.0) 22 (7.0)
I wash my hands with soap after handling the waste 268 (85.1) 47 (14.9)
I wear the following PPE while handling the waste:
 i) gloves 60 (19.0) 255 (81.0)
 ii) latex boots 46 (14.6) 269 (85.4)
 iii) long-sleeve shirt 144 (45.7) 171 (54.3)
I keep my food in a covered container 287 (91.1) 28 (8.9)
I consult a doctor when I have a fever during leptospirosis outbreak 194 (61.6) 121 (38.4)
I cover the waste bin to prevent rodent 281 (89.2) 34 (10.8)
I wash the can before I drink 210 (66.7) 105 (33.3)
I wash the cooking tools before I use them 280 (88.9) 35 (11.1)
I choose a clean restaurant 291 (92.4) 24 (7.6)
I put on plaster on wounds/small cuts when I am handling waste 222 (70.5) 93 (29.5)
I wade in floods without using PPE 162 (51.4) 153 (48.6)
I put on a plaster on small cut when I wade through flood water 61 (19.4) 254 (80.6)
I smoke while handling the waste 167 (53.0) 148 (47.0)
  1. *The mean (SD) preventive practice score was 64.31 (12.19)