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Table 1 Access to HeV management plan and HeV-related risk and safety communication to horse owners and/or lay assistants and their reactions according to 200* participants during the winter of 2011. (Phase 2a)

From: Difficulties experienced by veterinarians when communicating about emerging zoonotic risks with animal owners: the case of Hendra virus

Characteristics Frequencies (relative frequencies)
HeV management plan in the practice (n = 195)
 Yes 162 (83.1%)
 No 27 (13.8%)
 Don’t know 6 (3.1%)
Are the following information documents available in the practice
 Information sheet about HeV for horse owners (n = 191) 112 (58.6%)
 Information sheet about flying foxes for horse owners (n = 191) 61 (31.9%)
Provision of HeV risk related education to horse owners if horse is healthy (n = 189)
 Always or sometimes 88 (46.6%)
 Rarely or never 101 (53.5%)
Provision of HeV risk related education to horse owners if horse is sick (n = 191)
 Always or sometimes 166 (87%)
 Rarely or never 25 (13.1%)
How often did veterinarians instruct lay assistants of potential risk of exposure to HeV if horse was healthy (n = 186)
 Always or sometimes 93 (50%)
 Rarely or never 93 (50%)
How often did veterinarians instruct lay assistant of potential risk of exposure to HeV if horse was sick (n = 189)
 Always or sometimes 172 (91%)
 Rarely or never 17 (8.9%)
Lay assistant’s reaction to risk communication about HeV (n = 133)
 Receptive comply 55 (41.4%)
 Unreceptive but comply 6 (4.5%)
 Denial 15 (11.3%)
 Fear 26 (19.5%)
 No lay assistant used 5 (3.8%)
 Other 26 (19.5%)
Lay assistant’s reaction to safety instructions when HeV suspected (n = 124)
 Receptive/comply 72 (58.1%)
 Unreceptive but comply 4 (3.2%)
 Denial 16 (12%)
 Fear 12 (9.7%)
 Never had to or help not used 10 (8.1%)
 Other 10 (8.1%)
  1. *n = 200 unless otherwise stated