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Table 4 Zoonotic disease risks for respondent households (Ontario, Canada; N = 641)

From: Household knowledge, attitudes and practices related to pet contact and associated zoonoses in Ontario, Canada

Variables Number respondents (N) Pet currently present in household P-value1
   Yes, N (%) No, N (%)  
Has anyone in your household ever caught a disease from a pet?
  633    0.74
Yes   14 (3) 9 (4)  
No   392 (97) 218 (96)  
During the past 12 months, has anyone in your household been bitten or scratched by any dog or cat, where the skin was broken?
  616    <0.001
Yes   144 (36) 22 (10)  
No   252 (64) 198 (90)  
Type of injury2 166    NP
Scratched by own dog   53 (37) 3 (14)  
Scratched by another dog   14 (10) 7 (32)  
Bitten by own dog   15 (10) 1 (5)  
Bitten by another dog   5 (3) 7 (32)  
Scratched by own cat   68 (47) 3 (14)  
Scratched by another cat   14 (10) 8 (36)  
Bitten by own cat   24 (17) 2 (9)  
Bitten by another cat   6 (4) 2 (9)  
Does anyone in your household regularly (at least weekly) have physical contact with animals in places outside of the home?
  573    0.68
Yes   128 (35) 76 (37)  
No   238 (65) 131 (63)  
Type of animal/location (subset listed) 204    NP
Dog and/or cat at friend’s or relative’s residence   80 (63) 51 (67)  
Farm animals at work, lessons, or friend’s residence   17 (13) 2 (3)  
Reptile at friend’s residence or work   3 (2) 1 (1)  
Wildlife   1 (1) 1 (1)  
Plan on acquiring a new pet in the next year
  621    0.95
Yes   41 (10) 24 (11)  
No   353 (90) 203 (89)  
  1. 1 P-value for Pearson χ 2 test.
  2. 2 Categories sum to greater than 100 % as some participants listed more than one category.
  3. NP: Statistical analysis not performed.