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Table 1 General characteristics of the Orang Asli communities that participated in this study

From: Blastocystis infection in Malaysia: Evidence of waterborne and human-to-human transmissions among the Proto-Malay, Negrito and Senoi tribes of Orang Asli

Characteristics/Tribes Overall Proto-Malay Negrito Senoi
  n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
Age groups (years)     
 <15 221 (44.2) 59 (39.3) 72 (51.8) 90 (42.7)
 ≥15 279 (55.8) 91 (60.7) 67 (48.2) 121 (57.3)
Gender     
 Male 219 (43.8) 66 (44.0) 66 (47.5) 87 (41.2)
 Female 281 (56.2) 84 (56.0) 73 (52.5) 124 (58.8)
Socioeconomic status     
 Father’s education (<6 years) 222 (74.0) 54 (66.7) 68 (77.3) 100 (76.3)
 Mother’s education (<6 years) 232 (56.2) 53 (65.4) 77 (87.5) 102 (77.9)
 Low monthly household income (<RM500) 260 (52.0) 17 (11.3) 115 (82.7) 128 (60.7)
 Working mothers 153 (51.0) 45 (55.6) 33 (37.5) 75 (57.3)
 Large family (≥8 members) 171 (34.2) 32 (21.3) 63 (45.3) 76 (36.0)
 Supplied with piped water 357 (71.4) 143 (95.3) 76 (54.7) 138 (65.4)
 Presence of toilet at household) 308 (61.6) 143 (95.3) 48 (34.5) 117 (55.5)
  1. RM = Malaysian Ringgit; (US$100 = RM307.85) [1st February 2013].
  2. n = Number examined.