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Rumor, Mystery Surround Zika As Health Authorities Continue To Learn More About Virus

New York Times: Conspiracy Theories About Zika Spread Through Brazil With the Virus
“…Like Zika itself, rumors about it have replicated with viral ferocity through social media and word of mouth, frustrating the Brazilian authorities as they grapple with a poorly understood pathogen whose origins and implications are still something of a mystery. With many of the rumors started and spread abroad, Brazil’s Health Ministry has been scrambling to do damage control…” (Jacobs, 2/16).

Washington Post: What’s really scary about the Zika virus are the things we don’t know
“…What’s actually concerning about Zika isn’t what we know, however. It’s what we don’t know. These ‘known unknowns’ reveal just how little we really understand about this Zika outbreak so far. And while the international community has moved quickly into action — quicker than it reacted to Ebola, experts say — the scale of what we don’t know is still a huge cause for concern…” (Taylor, 2/17).

VOA News: Confusion Abounds About Zika Virus
“…Experts have lots of unanswered questions — as do ordinary citizens. … People used social media to ask questions on VOA’s Straight Talk Africa about the symptoms of the Zika virus. Eighty percent of those who get it don’t have any. Josh Michaud of the Kaiser Family Foundation was one of the guests who answered that question. ‘Among the 20 percent who do show symptoms, they have those mild symptoms that we’ve talked about: the rash, the red eyes and the fever,’ said Michaud…” (Pearson, 1/16).

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