Table 2

Symptoms volunteered as unusual and particularly concerning in the interview by at least 10% of carers in one or both age groups (N=79)

Response categoryAll ages (N=79)Age <3 years (N=36)Age 3+ years (N=43)
High fever or feverish symptoms*24 (30.4%)12 (33.3%)12 (27.9%)
Difficult or rapid breathing or shortness of breath21 (26.6%)12 (33.3%)9 (20.9%)
Pain in torso†17 (21.5%)2 (5.6%)15 (34.9%)
Persistent fever or fever not affected by antipyretics15 (19.0%)6 (16.7%)9 (20.9%)
Lethargic, tired or listless10 (12.7%)3 (8.3%)7 (16.3%)
Distressed or screaming/inconsolable8 (10.1%)4 (11.1%)4 (9.3%)
Rapid deterioration (general)8 (10.1%)4 (11.1%)4 (9.3%)
Lifeless, unresponsive, drowsy or floppy7 (8.9%)5 (13.9%)2 (4.7%)
Reduced feeding or not feeding7 (8.9%)4 (11.1%)3 (7.0%)
Persistent symptoms (general)7 (8.9%)4 (11.1%)3 (7.0%)
  • *Included shaking, sweating and feeling ‘hot and cold’.

  • †Significant difference in proportions between age groups (p<0.01).