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Volume 14, Number 12—December 2008

Letter

Knowledge about Avian Influenza, European Region

Elias Mossialos and Caroline RudisillComments to Author 
Author affiliations: London School of Economics, London, UK

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Knowledge of human risks associated with avian influenza, European region, 2006*

For each of the following statements tell me whether, in your opinion, it is true or false:
Transmission risks Response, no. (%)
True False Don’t know
The avian influenza virus can be transmitted between humans 9,864 (33.8) 16,574 (56.8) 2,732 (9.4)
Humans can catch avian influenza by touching contaminated birds
22,722 (77.9)
4,473 (15.3)
1,975 (6.8)
Food-related risks
Even when it is contaminated, poultry is not a health risk if it is cooked 17,906 (61.4) 8,536 (29.3) 2,728 (9.4)
The avian influenza virus contained in an egg or present on its shell can
 be eliminated by prolonged cooking 17,369 (59.5) 6,593 (22.6) 5,208 (17.9)
It is not dangerous to eat the meat of a chicken vaccinated against avian 
 influenza
12,833 (44.0)
9,272 (31.8)
7,065 (24.2)
Other
The vaccination against seasonal influenza is also effective against avian 
 influenza 4,265 (14.6) 20,847 (71.5) 4,058 (13.9)
If a chicken is contaminated by avian influenza on a farm, all the poultry 
 on that farm must be destroyed immediately 24,492 (84.0) 2,725 (9.3) 1,953 (6.7)

*Source: Eurobarometer 65.2 (http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/archives/eb/eb65/eb65_ee_exec.pdf). Information in boldface refers to the correct answer.

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