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Table 4 Characteristics of subjects with fever in prior 2 weeks and association between care-seeking behaviour and infection

From: Subpatent malaria in a low transmission African setting: a cross-sectional study using rapid diagnostic testing (RDT) and loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) from Zambezi region, Namibia

Sought care Total (%) LAMP negative (%) LAMP positive (%) p-value
n = 571 n = 552 n = 19
  No 275 (48.2) 262 (47.5) 13 (68.4) 0.07
  Yes 296 (51.8) 290 (52.5) 6 (31.6)
Care-seeking behaviour among subjects that sought care Total (%) LAMP negative (%) LAMP positive (%) p-value
n = 296 n = 290 n = 6
 Treatment source
  Public 272 (91.9) 266 (91.7) 6 (100) 0.99
  Other 24 (8.1) 24 (8.3) 0 (0)
 Days to seek treatment
  ≤ 1 day 138 (46.6) 135 (46.6) 3 (50.0) 0.83
  > 1 day and ≤ 1 week 141 (47.6) 138 (47.6) 3 (50.0)
  > 1 week 17 (5.7) 17 (5.9) 0 (0)
 Reasons for seeking treatment
  Close to home 246 (83.1) 240 (82.8) 6 (100) 1.00
  Other 50 (16.9) 50 (17.2) 0 (0)
Reasons for not seeking treatment among subjects that did not seek care Total (%) LAMP negative (%) LAMP positive (%) p-value
n = 275 n = 262 n = 13
  Lacked money for care or transportation 157 (57.1) 152 (58.0) 5 (38.5) 0.18
  Drugs not available 1 (0.4) 1 (0.4) 0 (0)
  Self-medication 13 (4.7) 11 (4.2) 2 (15.4)
  Long wait times at facility 3 (1.1) 3 (1.1) 0 (0)
  Distance/other transportation issue 17 (6.2) 17 (6.5) 0 (0)
  Illness not serious enough 40 (14.5) 36 (13.7) 4 (30.8)
  Other 44 (16.0) 42 (16.0) 2 (15.4)
  1. Care-seeking only assessed for those who reported fever in the past 2 weeks. Treatment source, days to seek treatment and reasons for seeking care only assessed for those who sought treatment. Reason for not seeking care only assessed for those who did not seek treatment