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Table 1 Explanatory variables analysed for associations with the perception of perceived vulnerability to a future equine influenza outbreak based on a study of 200 horse owners and managers, conducted in 2009 in NSW, Australia

From: Perceptions of vulnerability to a future outbreak: a study of horse managers affected by the first Australian equine influenza outbreak

Variable group Variables
Manager demographics and premises descriptors Agea; Genderb; Number of horsesc; Involved in horse competition/sporting eventsd; Involved in horse racing; Involved in equestrian eventse; Involved in rodeo-style horse eventsf; Horse breeders; Horse agistment or spelling facilityg; Horses kept only for recreation; Horses used for farm work. Premises enterprise typeb; Income derived from horsesa; Regional clusterb.
Sources of infection control information during the outbreak Internet; General media (television, newspaper, radio); Other horse owners; Veterinarians; Other horse professionals (farriers, dentists, chiropractors, trainers, coaches); Australian Horse Industry Council; State Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI); Association/society (breed, sportingd); Horse equipment or feed retailer.
Equine influenza outbreak experience and perceptions Premises infected during the 2007 outbreak; Suspected transmission routeb; Outbreak control zoneb; Perceived stringency of own outbreak biosecurity measuresa; Perceived level of own outbreak stringency compared to horse owners in the neighbourhooda; Perceived level of preparedness for a future equine influenza outbreaka. General interest in infection control informationa; Perceived likelihood of a future equine influenza outbreak in Australia in the next five yearsa; Perceived likelihood of a future other exotic equine disease outbreak in Australia in the next five yearsa.
  1. All variables are binary (1 = Yes, 0 = No) unless indicated otherwise. aOrdinal variable; bCategorical variable; cContinuous variable; dCompetition/sporting events include horse showing, pony-club, rodeo-style, polo, equestrian and/or racing; eEquestrian events include dressage, showjumping, eventing, and endurance. fRodeo-style horse events include camp-drafting, cutting and barrel-racing; gAgistment is the keeping of other owners’ horses for remuneration, whilst spelling is resting horses on pasture.