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Table 3 Respondents’ understanding of the symptoms of LF, treatment seeking behavior and attitudes towards mosquitoes

From: Lymphatic filariasis in Peninsular Malaysia: a cross-sectional survey of the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of residents

Variable Number Percent (%)
Known symptoms of LF (N = 193)   
 Fever 8 4.1
 Swollen legs 115 59.6
 Body pain 1 0.5
 Gland enlargement 3 1.6
 Fever and swelling 29 15.0
Do you consider LF to be a problematic disease? (N = 193)   
 Yes 130 67.4
 No 5 2.6
 Don’t know 58 30.0
Type of problem (N = 130)   
 Medical 54 41.5
 Economical 52 40
 Social 15 11.5
 Unspecified 9 7
Preferred treatment method (N = 230)   
 Hospital 140 60.9
 Bomoh/dukan/traditional healers 5 2.1
 Hospital and traditional healer 85 37.0
Presumed drug in the treatment of lymphatic filariasis   
 Paracetamol 9 3.9
 Don’t know 221 96.1
Participation of respondent or family member(s) in mass drug administration program   
 Yes 27 11.7
 No 203 88.3
Protection from mosquito bites   
 Wear clothes 25 10.9
 Use of bed nets 77 33.5
 Wear clothes and use of bed nets 90 39.1
 No response 38 16.5
Control of mosquitoes   
 Cleaning of water containers 30 13.0
 Good water drainage 12 5.2
 Use of chemical spray 15 6.5
 Cleaning and drainage 42 18.3
 Cleaning, drainage, and chemical spray 77 33.5
 No response 54 23.5