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Table 5 Questionnaire-based assessment of microfilaria positive individuals in the three rural study communities in Tanga District

From: Lymphatic filariasis control in Tanga Region, Tanzania: status after eight rounds of mass drug administration

  No. responses (%)
How long time have you lived in this village (n =29)?  
1-5 years 3 (10.3)
> 5 years 25 (86.2)
No answer 1 (3.4)
Have you heard about the MDA programme (n =29)?  
Yes 26 (89.7)
No 3 (10.3)
Did you take the MDA tablets in February 2013 (n =29)?  
Yes 4 (13.8)
No 23 (79.3)
Don’t know 2 (6.9)
Why did you not take the tablets (n =23)?  
Was absent 13 (56.5)
Tablets not distributed 5 (21.7)
Not informed 3 (13.0)
Not like the tablets 1 (4.3)
Fear of side effects 1 (4.3)
Did you take the tablets during previous MDAs (n =29)?  
No 9 (31.0)
Yes, once 6 (20.7)
Yes, twice 8 (27.6)
Yes, more than twice 5 (17.2)
Don’t know 1 (3.4)
Why not (n =9)?  
Was absent 7 (77.8)
Tablets not distributed 1 (11.1)
Fear of side effects 1 (11.1)
Will you take the tablets during next MDA (n =29)?  
Yes 29 (100.0)
Why will you take the tablets during next MDA (n =29)?  
To protect me from getting LF 22 (75.9)
To prevent spread of LF in the village 5 (17.2)
Instructed by village leaders 1 (3.4)
Because many people take them 1 (3.4)
  1. 29 of the 31 individuals found mf positive during survey 9 (September 2013) in Kirare, Kiomoni and Kisimatui were interviewed (7 females, 22 males; mean age 39.4 years; age range 8–73 years).