Most Americans Have Not Done Anything to Protect Against Zika

Most Americans Have Not Done Anything to Protect Against Zika

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“In the midst of the summer mosquito season, more than three-quarters of Americans say they haven’t done anything in the past three months to protect themselves from getting Zika virus, according to a survey from the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania.

Although more than 7 in 10 Americans (71 percent) are familiar with news reports about Zika, only 24 percent have done something in the past three months to protect themselves from the virus, which is mosquito-borne and also can be sexually transmitted. The virus poses the greatest threat to pregnant women since it can be transmitted to the fetus and has been linked to microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects.

The Annenberg Science Knowledge (ASK) survey found that most U.S. adults did not feel that they were at much risk of getting Zika, which has spread across Latin America and Puerto Rico. Half of those surveyed (50 percent) thought they had a moderate or low risk of being infected with Zika in the next six months, while 39 percent saw no risk and just 3 percent saw themselves as being at high risk of Zika infection.”

The Annenberg Science Knowledge (ASK) survey was conducted for the Annenberg Public Policy Center via telephone (CATI) by SSRS.