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Table 2 Awareness and knowledge of study participants about schistosomiasis

From: Low awareness and common misconceptions about schistosomiasis in endemic lowland areas in Western Ethiopia: a mixed-methods study

Knowledge areas Responses Number Percent
Know anything about schistosomiasis/ Bilarziasis (n = 376) Yes 48 12.8
No 328 87.2
Sources of information for those aware of schistosomiasis (n = 48) Health facilities 10 20.4
School 18 36.7
Family/friends 22 45.8
Local name for schistosomiasis (among schistosomiasis aware participants) (n = 48) Pecka (snail worm) 31 64.6
Bilharzias 14 29.2
Schistosomiasis 3 6.3
Societal etiologies/causes of schistosomiasis (among schistosomiasis aware participants) (n = 48) Pecka biting 30 62.5
Drinking dirty water 4 8.3
Eating food longtime after cooked 3 6.3
I don’t know 11 22.9
Knows ways of schistosomiasis infection (among schistosomiasis aware participants) (n = 48) Yes 35 72.9
No 13 27.1
Mentioned ways of infections (among those aware infection methods) (n = 35) Contact with Pecka /snails 22 62.9
Drinking contaminated water 8 22.9
While fishing 1 2.9
While swimming/bathing 31 88.6
While fetching water 2 4.3
Knows symptoms of schistosomiasis (among schistosomiasis aware participants) (n = 48) Yes 19 39.6
No 29 60.4
If yes, what are they? More than one response was possible (among those aware symptoms) (n = 19) Blood in stool 1 5.3
Abdominal pain 8 42.1
Swollen abdomen 1 5.3
Itching 19 100.0
Knows prevention methods (among schistosomiasis aware participants) (n = 48) Yes 9 18.8
No 39 81.2
Mentioned prevention methods (among those aware prevention methods) (n = 9) Avoiding contact with water bodies 6 66.7
Treatment/MDA 7 77.8