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Table 2 Reported causes of malaria by the focus group discussion participants

From: Community perceptions on malaria and care-seeking practices in endemic Indian settings: policy implications for the malaria control programme

Perceived causes Perceived transmission mechanism Frequency (# FGDs mentioning out of total 24) N (%)
1. contaminated water A. Drinking 22 (91.7)
B. Bathing in forest rivulets 14 (58.3)
C. Drinking water from open well without boiling 15 (62.5)
2. Mosquitoes A. Sucking blood 16 (66.7)
B. Sitting on food and water 6 (25)
C. Laying eggs on food and water 3 (12.5)
3. Environmental and personal sanitation and hygiene Garbage 12 (50)
4. Stale food Eating 11 (45.8)
5. Fatigue Hard physical work and lack of rest 10 (41.7)
6. Housefly Brings germs from garbage to food 9 (37.5)
7. Eating habit Untimely eating 6 (25)
8. Untreated common cold Unexplained 5 (20.8)
9. Change of season Unexplained 4 (16.7)
10. Mother to baby Unexplained 2 (8.3)
11. Blood Transfusion of infected blood 1 (4.2)