BRIEFLY: What you need to know about the 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, according to a new poll by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers. The virus is generally spread by mosquitoes. Among people in households where someone is pregnant or considering getting pregnant, the researchers found:
- Approximately one in four (23 percent) are not aware of the association between Zika virus and the birth defect microcephaly.
- One in five (20 percent) believe, incorrectly, that there is a vaccine to protect against Zika virus.
- Approximately four in 10 (42 percent) do not realize Zika virus can be sexually transmitted.
- A quarter (25 percent) think individuals infected with Zika virus are “very likely” to show symptoms.
- Four in 10 mistakenly believe Zika virus infection in women is likely to harm future pregnancies.
For up-to-date information about the Zika virus, visit www.cdc.gov/zika.