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Volume 8, Number 5—May 2002

Dispatch

Knowledge of Bat Rabies and Human Exposure Among United States Cavers

Robert V. Gibbons*, Robert C. Holman*, Stephen R. Mosberg†, and Charles E. Rupprecht*Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; †National Speleological Society, Huntsville, Alabama, USA

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Table 2

Number of cavers who had/had not received preexposure prophylaxis (PreEP)

Characteristic Received (n = 76) Not received (n = 313) p value
College graduate 63/76 (83%) 231/311 (74%) 0.12
Advised to get PreEPa 56/75 (75%) 31/315 (10%) <0.001
Male gender 55/76 (72%) 210/312 (67%) ns
See bats > half of the time 57/71 (80%) 211/311 (68%) 0.04
Mean age 49 years 46 years ns
Mean years caving 26 years 22 years 0.01
Mean times caving per year 34/year 13/year < 0.001

aThe only variable independently associated with receiving PreEP.

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