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Volume 11, Number 5—May 2005

Research

Avian Influenza Risk Perception, Hong Kong

Richard Fielding*Comments to Author , Wendy W.T. Lam*, Ella Y.Y. Ho*, Tai Hing Lam*, Anthony J. Hedley*, and Gabriel M. Leung*
Author affiliations: *University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region, China

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Table A1

Factor structure of attitude and knowledge items*

Variable Factor structure†
Factor 1: animal husbandry risk Factor 2: traditional market practices Factor 3: risk taking Factor 4: AI anxieties Factor 5: feel protected
SARS due to market hygiene 0.693
AI due to market hygiene 0.722
SARS and AI due to unsustainable animal husbandry practices 0.626
Live animal sales important disease risk 0.533
SARS and AI due to market demand for live animals 0.621
SARS and AI due to poor personal hygiene 0.468
Raising and selling live chickens should be prohibited –0.561
Buying live chickens risky to health –0.446
Do not buy live chickens, despite what others do –0.429
Defend the right to trade live animals, even at risks to community's health 0.580
Occasional health scares should not stop tradition of buying live chicken 0.629
Stopping live poultry sales makes people lose livelihood 0.640
Risk health for taste of live chicken –0.527
Need more info on AI 0.501
Risk health for benefit of buying live chickens –0.615
I'm responsible for protecting myself from AI 0.513
Believe people who say animal diseases nothing to worry about –0551
Friends worry about AI 0.564
AI news in papers scares me 0.646
Feel vulnerable to AI 0.554
Scared of catching AI 0.505
TV/radio AI news reassuring 0.418
Trust government to protect health 0.679
Actions implemented to control AI are inadequate 0.705

*SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome; AI, avian influenza.
†Varimax rotation, all factor loadings <0.4 suppressed.

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