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Table 2 Age- and sex-standardized 30-day incidence of different symptoms or syndromes and corresponding proportion of healthcare seeking (HS) in Hong Kong, February 2014 to May 2015 (N = 3253). The symptoms were ordered descendingly based on HS %

From: A population-based study on healthcare-seeking behaviour of persons with symptoms of respiratory and gastrointestinal-related infections in Hong Kong

SymptomsNo. episodes (30-day incidence rate, %)Reported no. medical consultationHS %a (95% CI)
Fever259 (2.1)17377.8 (72.7, 82.8)
Rash25 (0.2)1359.8 (40.8, 78.8)
Shortness of breath92 (0.7)2758.2 (46.5, 69.9)
Eye-relatedb72 (0.6)2050.5 (39.6, 61.4)
Diarrhoea203 (1.6)8748.7 (40.3, 57.1)
Vomiting129 (1.0)5247.7 (38.7, 56.6)
Cough643 (5.6)23946.5 (42.3, 50.6)
Runny nose846 (7.7)27044.3 (40.1, 48.5)
Sore throat540 (4.6)16344.4 (39.8, 49.0)
Headache862 (7.7)15334.3 (29.8, 38.7)
Dizziness436 (3.6)7734.1 (28.5, 39.7)
Chills227 (1.8)6231.8 (24.2, 39.3)
Abdominal pain162 (1.3)3830.4 (22.6, 38.3)
Nausea143 (1.1)2729.9 (13.3, 46.6)
Loss of appetite231 (1.8)3827.6 (18.6, 36.6)
Low back pain624 (5.3)6423.6 (19.3, 27.8)
Myalgia551 (4.7)6318.6 (14.8, 22.4)
Fatigue988 (9.1)6214.0 (11.2, 16.9)
ILI104 (0.8)9290.6 (85.9, 95.3)
ARI805 (7.2)37564.0 (60.1, 67.8)
Any symptoms2564 (41.4)80640.2 (37.0, 43.4)
  1. HS healthcare seeking, ILI influenza-like illness, ARI acute respiratory illness
  2. aHS %: estimate of proportion of patients visited medical consultation due to each symptom after multiple imputation
  3. bEye-related symptoms include red eyes, eye irritation, watery eyes and mucous discharge in eye. All these symptoms had small number of reported episodes and were combined for analysis