Knowledge and perceptions of Zika virus among reproductive-aged women after public announcement of local mosquito-borne transmission

Christine Curry, Colette Tse, Victoria Billero, Leah Hellerstein, Marisa Messore, Lydia Fein

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Aim: This study was conducted to ascertain the knowledge and perceptions of the Zika virus among reproductive-aged women living in the first affected area of the United States with local mosquito-borne transmission. Methods: Reproductive-aged women were surveyed during the four weeks immediately following the announcement of local Zika virus transmission. The survey evaluated the participant's knowledge of Zika pathogenesis and transmission, sequelae of infection, epidemiology and public health information. Results: Fifty-nine women (age range 18–45) completed the survey. Most patients (n = 53, 89.8%) had received information about the Zika virus from the media rather than clinicians. In 93% of the questions, a high level of knowledge was demonstrated by the participants. Personal concern about becoming infected with the Zika virus was significantly higher in those considering pregnancy (n = 13, 86.7% vs n = 21, 47.7%; P = 0.01). Conclusion: In the weeks following recognized local transmission of the Zika virus in the continental United States, reproductive-aged women had a high level of knowledge of the Zika virus, but those considering pregnancy harbored the greatest concern of personal risk of infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)503-508
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018



  • pregnancy
  • prevention
  • public health
  • Zika

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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