Table 2

Anticipated health-related behavioral responses if 2 to 3 new human-to-human H5N1 cases were to be reported in Hong Kong

Gender

Age group

Education level

All




    Male

    Female

    18 – 34

    35 – 60

    ≤Matriculated

    ≥University

(% Likely/very likely)a

Col%

Col%

p

Col%

Col%

p

Col%

Col%

p

Col%


Face mask use in public venues

75.6

72.1

.37

65.1

78.9

<.01

75.4

70.5

.24

73.8

Increased frequency of handwashing

87.2

86.2

.76

81.7

89.6

.01

88.4

83.8

.14

86.7

Avoidance of eating poultry

61.1

66.2

.24

55.9

68.5

<.01

63.8

63.6

.96

63.8

Full compliance with any quarantine policies

86.8

89.6

.32

85.5

89.9

.14

87.5

89.6

.50

88.3

Face mask use in public venues if having ILI symptoms

90.6

94.1

.14

91.4

93.1

.50

90.6

96.0

.03

92.4

Declaration of ILI symptoms at border health checkpoints

89.3

85.1

.16

84.9

88.3

.28

86.3

88.4

.50

87.1

Seeking of medical consultation immediately with the onset of a fever

94.4

94.1

.85

95.2

93.7

.50

94.2

94.2

1.00

94.2

Total number of the above anticipated behaviors

None

0.4

0.4

.06

1.1

0.0

.01

0.6

0.0

.29

0.4

1

0.4

0.4

0.5

0.3

0.6

0.0

0.4

2

1.7

1.9

3.2

0.9

2.1

1.2

1.8

3

6.4

3.0

4.8

4.4

4.0

5.8

4.6

4

2.6

7.8

6.5

4.7

4.0

8.1

5.4

5

16.7

18.6

20.4

16.1

17.9

17.3

17.7

6

34.2

26.0

33.9

27.4

31.6

26.0

29.8

All 7

37.6

42.0

29.6

46.1

39.2

41.6

40.0


a Answer options include 'very likely', 'likely', 'unlikely', 'very unlikely' and 'not certain'.

Lau et al. BMC Infectious Diseases 2007 7:18   doi:10.1186/1471-2334-7-18

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