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Table 3 Number and proportion of respondents reporting tick bites and tick-borne disease preventive behaviors per subregions, sex, age, education and time spent outdoors (except for sex and showering, all differences between categories are statistically significant, with p values l < 0.03)

From: Behavioral risk factors associated with reported tick exposure in a Lyme disease high incidence region in Canada

   Repellent Shower Tick checks
   n % n % n %
Subregions 511 - La Pommeraie 276 39.1 362 54.2 330 44.4
512 - Haute-Yamaska 339 35.2 471 51.3 347 35.6
513 - Memphrémagog 244 34.0 353 52.0 231 31.6
514 - Coaticook 193 27.4 329 49.7 222 31.4
515 - Sherbrooke 952 29.5 1421 48.1 773 24.6
516 - Val Saint-François 249 35.5 310 49.1 160 22.8
517 - Asbestos 151 26.0 226 39.5 96 15.6
518 - Haut-Saint-François 201 29.1 331 51.6 181 25.9
519 - Granit 202 32.6 313 49.7 144 22
Sex Male 2835 72.7 1668 51.3 818 27.1
Female 3772 61.8 2448 48.7 1666 32.8
Age group 18 - 24 yr 122 39.4 200 69.3 111 37.5
25 - 34 yr 319 46 436 64 270 37.2
35 - 44 yr 683 46 795 56.3 527 37.5
45 - 54 yr 484 33.1 681 49.8 367 26.8
55 - 64 yr 653 26.7 1036 46.1 610 27.6
65 - 74 yr 441 20.6 774 38 474 24.3
75+ yr 105 12.5 194 23.2 125 14
Education No diploma 149 18.8 344 43.3 162 19.2
High school diploma 543 29.4 865 48.7 468 28.1
Trade school 330 35.3 476 50.5 260 29.2
College diploma 737 37.2 961 51 606 30.8
University degree 1013 35.4 1386 52 937 33.8
Other 33 17.3 77 46 46 27
Time spent outdoors for primary occupation 5h hours per day 162 39.4 294 63.8 180 42.4
1-4 h per day 496 37.7 764 57.7 510 39.8
< 1 h per day 962 33.2 1490 53.8 948 33.2
no time 1045 29.9 1384 42.7 756 22.7