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Table 2 Diagnostic practices regarding chikungunya and dengue infection among healthcare workers (N = 205)

From: Healthcare workers knowledge and diagnostic practices: a need for dengue and chikungunya training in Moshi Municipality, Kilimanjaro Tanzania

Variable Chikungunya Dengue
n (%) n (%)
Is there a vaccine for (Chikungunya or Dengue infection)?
Yes 5 (2.5) 18 (8.8)
No 77 (37.6) 122 (59.5)
Don’t know 123 (60.0) 65 (31.7)
Is there any tools for laboratory diagnosis of (Chikungunya or Dengue infection)?
Yes 80 (39.0) 105 (51.3)
No 24 (11.7) 46 (22.4)
Don’t know 101 (49.3) 54 (26.3)
In your facility, do you have diagnostic tools for (Chikungunya or Dengue infection)?
Yes 2 (1.0) 3 (1.5)
No 203 (99.0) 202 (98.5)
Absences diagnostic lead to difficulties in managing the infections
Yes 195 (95.1) 199 (97.0)
No 0 (0.0) 3 (1.5)
Don’t know 10 (4.9) 3 (1.5)
Diagnostic method for (Chikungunya or Dengue infection)?
PCR 24 (11.5) 51 (24.9)
Rapid diagnostic test 32 (15.6) 47 (22.9)
ELISA 43 (21.0) 50 (24.4)
Don’t know 106 (51.7) 57 (27.8)
How do you advice patients to prevent themselves against (Chikungunya or Dengue infection)?
Wearing long clothes at afternoon 43 (21.0) 56 (27.3)
Use of repellents 94 (45.9) 139 (67.8)
Use of blankets at night 11 (5.4) 5 (2.4)
Don’t know 57 (27.8) 5 (2.4)
  1. PCR polymerase chain reaction, ELISA Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay