Zika Virus Survey: Americans Are Clueless About Zika Virus?


Zika virus survey revealed how Americans knew so little about Zika virus. Apart from this lack of knowledge, misconceptions prevail. Harvard School of Public Health surveyed 1,000 American adults, 10 percent of participants live in household where one member is pregnant or considering pregnancy. Some of the highlights of the Zika virus survey are listed below. One out of four Americans is unaware of the link between Zika virus and birth defects. Several studies are being updated to the medical literature on Zika virus. These reports are creating strong medical evidence that a pregnant woman infected with Zika can result to the birth defect microcephaly. It is a condition when a baby is born with small head and underdeveloped brains. Other defects observed among babies were eye problems, hearing loss and stunted growth. Lucielle Campanero | Health Aim Zika Virus and Microcephaly Challenges: The Story of A Mother from KansasLike us on Facebook Twenty percent of the surveyed Americans thought there is a vaccine for Zika. Unfortunately, there is none. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases admitted that no vaccine is readily available. However, they also noted that human trials for a vaccine is underway next year. Regarding transmission of the Zika virus, participants have varying opinions. About 420 participants ‘do not realize Zika virus can be sexually transmitted’. Another 310 Americans ‘mistakenly believe Zika virus is transmitted by coughing and sneezing’. And, 290 people ‘are unaware it can be transmitted through blood transfusions’. Lack of vital information such as this can lead to an outbreak. Zika virus is primarily spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. It has been found that the virus can survive longer in semen than in blood. Hence, sexually active individuals who have been exposed to the virus were advised to abstain from sex or use condoms for safety. The Center for Disease Prevention has released a health guideline to help women who are already pregnant to avoid getting infected by the virus. Photo: Loopa/Alomanews