U.S. adults with knowledge of infectious diseases as of 2017, by gender

This statistic displays the percentage of U.S. adults that had heard of various infectious diseases as of 2017, by gender. According to the survey, only three percent of males and four percent of females had heard of Powassan disease. Powassan disease is a rare infectious disease transmitted from rodents to humans by ticks. Powassan disease often affects the nervous system in humans.

Percentage of U.S. adults that had heard of various infectious diseases as of 2017, by gender

MaleFemale
Any90%95%
Bronchitis82%91%
Influenza (the flu)82%90%
Measles80%88%
Meningitis80%86%
Syphilis79%86%
Lyme disease79%85%
Monomucleosis63%68%
Rock Mountain spotted fever51%51%
Colorado tick fever17%20%
Tularemia6%6%
Babesiosis5%5%
Anaplasmosis5%4%
Heartland virus6%3%
Powassan disease3%4%
None of the above10%5%
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Source

Release date

July 2017

Region

United States

Survey time period

June 23 and 27, 2017

Number of respondents

2,031 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Original question: Have you ever heard of any of the following diseases? Please select all that apply.

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