‘Terrifying’ gap in Zika knowledge: 40% of Americans are ‘unaware it the virus will spread to the US’ – which experts predict could happen within weeks

Friday, April 8, 2016
By Paul Martin

A new poll revealed 40% of Americans don’t know much about Zika virus
They are unaware of the birth defects or temporary paralysis linked to Zika
But of those who heard of Zika, 90% know it can be spread by mosquitoes
Yet, 14% of them thought the virus couldn’t be spread sexually
Health officials say people must be educated before virus reaches US

8 April 2016

A staggering number of Americans do not know enough about the Zika virus that is creeping steadily closer to the US, a new poll has revealed.

Four in 10 Americans reported that they heard little to nothing about the mosquito-borne virus, including the birth defects and temporarily paralysis linked to Zika.

Among those who have at least somewhat followed the Zika saga, most aren’t sure if there’s a treatment or vaccine yet, or if the virus could be spread other than through mosquito bites.

The poll, conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, also found that more than half of Americans supports a variety of effort to curb summer mosquito swarms – including spraying pesticides and releasing genetically modified mosquitoes.

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