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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of the 146 public health professionals working in the field of infectious diseases who completed the survey ‘Perceived utility and feasibility of pathogen genomics for public health practice’, Belgium, 2019

From: Perceived utility and feasibility of pathogen genomics for public health practice: a survey among public health professionals working in the field of infectious diseases, Belgium, 2019

Variables Frequency Percentage
Primary employer
 Public sector 77 53%
 Private sector 12 8%
 Hospital (including university hospital) 53 36%
 University 4 3%
Professional background
 Epidemiologist 31 21%
 Microbiologist 28 19%
  National Reference Center 19 68%
  Sentinel/peripheral laboratory 7 25%
  Other 2 7%
 Molecular biologist 16 11%
 Bioinformatician 5 3%
 Clinical biologist 17 12%
 Clinician 19 13%
 Hospital hygienist 7 5%
 Infection control practitioner 7 5%
 Policy maker 4 3%
 Other 12 8%
Age
 <25 3 2%
 25-34 42 29%
 35-44 36 25%
 45-54 32 22%
 55-64 29 20%
 >65 4 3%
Years of professional experience in the field of infectious diseases
 No experience 2 1%
 <1 0 0%
 1-5 32 22%
 6-10 30 21%
 >10 77 53%
Position within institute/company
 Employee 44 30%
 Lower management 43 29%
 Middle management 36 25%
 Upper management 15 10%
 Other 8 5%
Discipline(s) (multi-discipline designation was allowed)
 Human 119 82%
 Food/feed 33 23%
 Animal 26 18%
 Environmental 13 9%
Infectious diseases group(s) (multi-group designation was allowed)
 Respiratory infections (e.g. influenza) 80 55%
 Invasive bacterial diseases (e.g. Neisseria meningitidis) 75 51%
 Vaccine-preventable diseases (e.g. measles virus) 52 36%
 Consumption-related infectious diseases (e.g. Salmonella) 75 51%
 Body-fluid related infectious diseases (e.g. HIV, hepatitis, STIs) 58 40%
 Environmental-related infectious diseases (e.g. malaria) 45 31%
 Healthcare-associated infections (e.g. Clostridium difficile, MRSA) 72 49%
 Animal diseases 20 14%
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