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Volume 20, Number 7—July 2014

Early Public Response to Influenza A(H7N9) Virus, Guangzhou, China, May 30–June 7, 2013

Jun Yuan1, Qiuyan Liao1, Eric H.Y. Lau1, Zhi Cong Yang1, Xiao Wei, Jian Dong Chen, Yan Hui Liu, Chang Wang, Xiao Ping Tang, Yu Fei Liu, Gabriel M. Leung, Xin Cai Xiao, Richard Fielding, Ming Wang2Comments to Author , and Benjamin J. Cowling2
Author affiliations: Guangzhou Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Guangzhou, China (J. Yuan, Z.C. Yang, X.W. Ma, J.D. Chen, Y.H. Liu, C. Wang, Y.F. Liu, X.C. Xiao, M. Wang); The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China (Q. Liao, E.H.Y. Lau, G.M. Leung, R. Fielding, B.J. Cowling); The Eighth People’s Hospital of Guangzhou, Guangzhou (X.P. Tang)

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Public attitudes and behaviors in response to influenza A(H7N9) virus, Guangzhou, China, May 30–June 7, 2013*

Characteristic % (95% CI) persons with characteristic
Urban districts, 
n = 594 Semirural districts
Total, N = 1,177
Conghua, n = 283 Zengcheng, n = 300
Household purchase of live birds from LPMs
Weekly to monthly 21.2 (17.6–25.2) 29.7 (23.8–36.5) 19.7 (14.7–25.8) 21.6 (18.5–25.0)
At least weekly 34.1 (29.7–38.7) 29.5 (23.2–36.6) 23.3 (18.1–29.6) 33.5 (29.7–37.5)
Buying less/stopped buying because of A(H7N9) 
58.7 (54.0–63.3)
56.3 (49.3–63.2)
71.6 (64.8–77.5)
59.1 (55.1–63.0)
Attitude (agree/strongly agree) toward control measures
Introducing 1 or 2 market rest days per month 88.7 (85.4–91.4) 90.5 (85.9–93.7) 91.2 (87.1–94.0) 89.7 (87.6–91.5)
Closing LPMs
20.8 (17.3–24.7)
16.2 (12.0–21.4)
31.1 (25.4–37.3)
21.1 (18.1–24.4)
Perception (agree/strongly agree) of risk from LPMs
Live animals sold in markets are a risk to human
health 34.0 (29.8–38.5) 33.3 (26.9–40.4) 38.2 (32.0–44.7) 34.3 (30.7–38.1)
Poor market hygiene is main cause of avian influenza
 transmission 68.5(64.0–72.7) 73.1 (66.9–78.6) 68.3 (61.7–74.4) 69.0 (65.2–72.5)
Likelihood (likely/very likely) of getting sick as a 
result of buying live birds from LPMs 18.7 (15.5–22.4) 9.9 (6.8–14.1) 30.0 (23.8–37.0) 19.1 (16.3–22.3)

*All values are weighted by population age and sex and adjusted by sample age, sex, and education level, using logistic regression models. Boldface indicate that attitudes/perceptions in Conghua or Zengcheng were significantly different (p<0.05) from those in urban districts. LPMs, live poultry markets.

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1These first authors contributed equally to this article.

2These senior authors contributed equally to this article.

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