Global & Disaster Medicine

** Zika Virus: Many people in U.S. households where someone is pregnant or considering getting pregnant in the next 12 months are not aware of key facts about Zika virus


Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


“….The researchers found:

  • Approximately one in four (23%) are not aware of the association between Zika virus and the birth defect microcephaly.
  • One in five (20%) believe, incorrectly, that there is a vaccine to protect against Zika virus.
  • Approximately four in 10 (42%) do not realize Zika virus can be sexually transmitted.
  • A quarter (25%) think individuals infected with Zika virus are “very likely” to show symptoms
  • Four in 10 mistakenly believe Zika virus infection in women likely to harm future pregnancies
  • About one in five (22%) are not aware that Zika virus can be transmitted from mother to baby during pregnancy
  • More than a quarter (29%) are unaware it can be transmitted through blood transfusions.
  • Four in 10 (40%) are unaware that it can be transmitted sexually.
  • About a third (31%) believe, incorrectly, that Zika virus is transmitted through coughing and sneezing
  • Nearly three-quarters of the public (71%) are unaware of a link between Zika virus and Guillain-Barré syndrome, which can cause paralysis. ……”

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