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Table 3 Farmers’ knowledge of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance in food animals

From: Antibiotic use in chicken farms in northwestern China

Question/StatementAnswer, n (%)Correct
YesNoI don’t knowAnswer
Do you know the withdrawal period for antibiotic drugs used in chickens?76 (86.4)11 (12.5)1 (1.1)76 (86.4)
Antibiotics are safe when used routinely.4 (4.5)72 (81.8)12 (13.6)72 (81.8)
Do you know that animals develop antibiotic resistant bacteria?67 (76.1)4 (4.5)17 (19.3)67 (76.1)
Antibiotics can cause unwanted or adverse reactions.65 (73.9)7 (8.0)16 (18.2)65 (73.9)
Do you know about antibiotic resistance?65 (73.9)18 (20.5)5 (5.7)65 (73.9)
Very frequent antibiotic use can reduce its effect?64 (72.7)6 (6.8)18 (20.5)64 (72.7)
Are you concerned about antibiotic resistance?62 (70.5)11 (12.5)15 (17.0)62 (70.5)
Antibiotics can improve the immunity of chickens.15 (17.0)57 (64.8)16 (18.2)57 (64.8)
Antibiotics can cure bacterial infections.40 (45.5)19 (21.6)29 (33.0)40 (45.5)
Antibiotics can cure viral infections.20 (22.7)39 (44.3)29 (33.0)39 (44.3)
Antibiotic resistant bacteria can spread among animals and humans.31 (35.2)32 (36.4)25 (18.4)31 (35.2)