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Table 5 Physical condition of LLINs by collection time point, Waspam, Nicaragua (n = 163 nets)

From: Evaluation of the durability and use of long‐lasting insecticidal nets in Nicaragua

Characteristics Collection time point
6 months 12 months 24 months 36 months
LLIN pHI category, n (%)
 Good 48 (87.3) 28 (70.0) 8 (23.5) 7 (20.6)
 Damaged 7 (12.7) 9 (22.5) 16 (47.1) 14 (41.2)
 Too torn 0 (0.0) 3 (7.5) 10 (29.4) 13 (38.2)
 Nets with at least one hole, n (%) 43 (78.2) 39 (97.5) 34 (100.0) 33 (97.1)
 Number of holes, median (range) 2.0 (0–26) 6.5 (0–96) 21.0 (1–74) 25.5 (0–160)
 pHI, median (range) 7.0 (0–588) 37.5 (0–1,272) 221.0 (1–1,678) 480.5 (0–5,113)
 Nets with at least one seam failure, n (%) 10 (18.2) 9 (22.5) 19 (55.9) 11 (32.4)
 Repairs, n (%) 0 (0.0) 1 (2.5) 1 (2.9) 0 (0.0)
Total number of nets, n 55 40 34 34
Hole size, n (%)
 Size 1 207 (82.8) 492 (80.0) 671 (77.4) 749 (69.1)
 Size 2 37 (14.8) 104 (16.9) 138 (15.9) 232 (21.4)
 Size 3 6 (2.4) 19 (3.1) 58 (6.7) 103 (9.5)
Total number of holes, n (%) 250 (100.0) 615 (100.0) 867 (100.0) 1,084 (100.0)
  1. pHI category: good (≤ 64), damaged (65–642), too torn ( 643)
  2. Hole size categories: size 1 (0.5–2 cm), size 2 (2–10 cm), size 3 (10–25 cm), size 4 (> 25 cm); no size 4 holes observed
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