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Table 2 Adult household contacts’ TB knowledge (n = 142)

From: Household contact non-attendance of clinical evaluation for tuberculosis: a pilot study in a high burden district in South Africa

Statement Correct response n (%)
TB is caused by a bacterial infection (true) 124 (87.3)
TB is caused by living in an unhygienic environment (false) 130 (91.5)
TB is inherited from parents (false) 85 (59.9)
Smoking tobacco increases susceptibility to TB (true) 128 (90.1)
Herbal medicine can cure TB (false) 93 (65.5)
Risk for TB is increased among:
 Children under five years (true) 117 (82.4)
 PLHIV (true) 120 (84.5)
 People with diabetes (true) 96 (67.6)
 Pregnant women (true) 105 (73.9)
 Malnourished people (true) 104 (73.2)
 TB can severely affect a person’s health (true) 107 (75.4)
Symptoms commonly associated with TB infection:
 Cough (true) 121 (85.2)
 Fatigue (true) 109 (76.8)
 Leg pain (false) 108 (23.9)
 Weight loss (true) 132 (93.0)
 Night sweats (true) 126 (88.7)
 Increased appetite (false) 47 (33.1)
 Coughing up blood (true) 117 (82.4)
 Chest pain (true) 122 (85.9)
 Dizziness (false) 121 (85.2)
 Fever (true) 117 (82.4)
 Difficulty breathing (true) 117 (82.4)
MDR-TB can be cured within 12 months (true) 73 (51.4)
Household contacts of MDR-TB patients should undergo screening (true) 82 (57.7)