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Table 3 Physician responses to the statement “My patients feel that dengue infection is a major problem for their health” (n = 68)

From: Knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding dengue infection among public sector healthcare providers in Machala, Ecuador

Categorical responses Open-ended responses
Agree or Strongly Agree (n = 53, 78 %) Dengue has a high morbidity
Dengue is considered an alarming diagnosis
Dengue decreases economic productivity
Dengue is difficult to detect
The environment is conducive to disease transmission
Dengue poses a high risk to others
Neutral (n = 7, 10 %) Adequate medical attention is available
Disagree or Strongly Disagree (n = 8, 12 %) Patients believe self-medication is adequate
There is a lack of education about dengue