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Table 1 Characteristics of bed nets owned during the cross-sectional survey (December 2009-April 2010)

From: Physical condition and maintenance of mosquito bed nets in Kwale County, coastal Kenya

Variable N = 1849 % bed nets
Age in years*   
0 69 3.7
1 567 30.7
2 361 19.5
3 222 12.0
4 337 18.2
≥5 197 10.7
Don’t know 96 5.2
Colour   
Blue 1227 66.4
Green 141 7.6
White 481 26.0
Shape   
Rectangle 1499 81.1
Round 348 18.8
Fabric   
Polyethylene 1255 67.9
Polyester 594 32.1
Size   
Extra large 64 3.5
Large 1429 77.3
Medium 24 1.3
Small 41 2.2
Don’t know 291 15.7
Source   
Government 1173 63.4
Retail 422 22.8
Others 200 10.8
Don’t know 54 3.0
Cost   
Free 1100 59.5
≤ 50 KES 250 13.5
≥100 KES 399 21.6
Don’t know 100 5.4
Brand   
Olyset (LLIN) 1257 68.0
PermaNet (LLIN) 144 7.8
Supanet extra (LLIN) 21 1.1
Others 155 8.4
Don’t know 272 14.7
Frequency of use   
0-2 times/week 162 8.8
3-4 times/week 53 2.9
5-7 times/week 1620 88.3
  1. *Nets acquired in 2010 were assigned age 0 because the survey ended in April, 2010.