Table 5

Reported practices of respondents if they received a minor scratch or a major scratch/bite
All respondents Previously handled Have not handled bats Knowledge of ABLV Message of not handle bats
Minor scratch Major scratch or bite Minor scratch Major scratch or bite Minor scratch Major scratch or bite Minor scratch Major scratch or bite Minor scratch Major scratch or bite
% (n) % (n) % (n) % (n) % (n) % (n) % (n) % (n) % (n) % (n)
Immediately seek medical care (emergency department or general practitioner) 37.9 (311) 73.5 (603) 27.6 (35) 64.6 (82) 39.8 (276) 75.1 (521) 47.3 (163) 79.7 (275) 56.0 (65) 81.9 (95)
Wash the wound with antiseptic 20.8 (171) 11.6 (95) 29.9 (38) 18.1 (23) 19.2 (133) 10.4 (72) 20.9 (72) 11.6 (40) 15.5 (18) 13.8 (16)
Make a routine appointment to seek medical care 20.0 (164) 15.6 (128) 17.3 (22) 18.9 (24) 20.5 (142) 15.0 (104) 19.7 (68) 12.5 (43) 15.5 (18) 11.2 (13)
Ignore 14.3 (117) 0.5 (4) 19.7 (25) 0.8 (1) 13.3 (92) 0.4 (3) 7.8 (27) 0.3 (1) 5.2 (6) 0 (0)
Wash the wound with water 10.4 (85) 9.7 (80) 15.8 (20) 16.5 (21) 9.4 (65) 8.5 (59) 8.7 (30) 9.3 (32) 11.2 (13) 10.3 (12)
Call a doctor or medical help-line for advice 3.5 (29) 3.7 (30) 3.9 (5) 3.2 (4) 3.5 (24) 3.8 (26) 3.5 (12) 3.5 (12) 6.0 (7) 2.6 (3)
Kill the bat 0 (0) 0.2 (2) 0 (0) 0.8 (1) 0 (0) 0.1 (1) 0 (0) 0.3 (1) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Keep the bat for testing 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)

Percentages can sum to greater than 100% as respondents were allowed multiple responses.

Paterson et al.

Paterson et al. BMC Public Health 2014 14:58   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-58

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