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Table 2 Participants' knowledge about malaria transmission and symptoms, and attitudes towards malaria severity

From: Opportunities and obstacles to the elimination of malaria from Peninsular Malaysia: knowledge, attitudes and practices on malaria among aboriginal and rural communities

  population  
Variables Forest-aboriginal (n = 100)
n (%)
Rural (n = 123)
n (%)
χ2 significance
Transmission of malaria    
   Mosquito bites 50 (50.0) 87 (70.7) p < 0.01
   Use of stagnant water 46 (46.0) 6 (4.9) p < 0.001
   From forest 17 (17.0) 0 (0.0) p < 0.001
   Human-to- human 7 (7.0) 4 (3.3) ns
   From weather/sun 3 (3.0) 0 (0) ns
   No knowledge 16 (16.0) 26 (21.1) ns
Symptoms of malaria    
   Fever 76 (76.0) 95 (77.2) ns
   Chill and rigor 56 (56.0) 27 (22.0) p < 0.001
   Headache 30 (30.0) 24 (19.5) ns
   Vomiting 11 (11.0) 16 (13.0) ns
   Body pain/weakness 10 (10.0) 7 (5.7) ns
   Loss of appetite 9 (9.0) 9 (7.3) ns
   Red rash 8 (8.0) 18 (14.6) ns
   Abdominal discomfort 2 (2.0) 0 (0.0) ns
   No knowledge 13 (13.0) 18 (14.6) ns
Is malaria a serious disease?    
   Yes 72 (72.0) 93 (75.6) ns
   No 10 (10.0) 13 (10.6)  
   No knowledge 18 (18.0) 17 (13.8)