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Knowledge and perceptions about Zika virus in a Middle East country

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Infectious Diseases, July 2017
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Title
Knowledge and perceptions about Zika virus in a Middle East country
Published in
BMC Infectious Diseases, July 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12879-017-2603-6
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Sohaila Cheema, Patrick Maisonneuve, Ingmar Weber, Luis Fernandez-Luque, Amit Abraham, Hekmat Alrouh, Javaid Sheikh, Albert B. Lowenfels, Ravinder Mamtani

Abstract

Zika virus, an emerging serious infectious disease, is a threat to persons living or travelling to regions where it is currently endemic, and also to contacts of infected individuals. The aim of this study was to assess knowledge about this new public health threat to persons residing in a Middle Eastern country. We conducted a survey at several international universities in Qatar to assess knowledge and awareness about this disease. An adapted version of the survey was also conducted using online channels from Qatar. The median age of the 446 participants, was 25 years, 280 (63%) were females, and 32% were from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) or other Middle East countries. Based upon their knowledge about availability of a vaccine, role of mosquitoes and other modes of transmission, and disease complications, we classified respondent's knowledge as "poor" (66%), "basic" (27%) or "broad" (7%). Forty-five (16%) persons with poor knowledge considered themselves to be well-informed. This report from a sample of persons associated with Middle East educational complex, reveals inadequate knowledge about Zika virus, a serious emerging infectious disease. Although few cases have been reported from the region, future cases are possible, since this area is a transit hub connecting currently infected regions to North America, Europe and Asia. As a preventive measure, an educational program about Zika virus would be valuable, especially for individuals or family members travelling to afflicted regions.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 80 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 15 19%
Student > Bachelor 10 13%
Researcher 7 9%
Student > Doctoral Student 7 9%
Other 5 6%
Other 14 18%
Unknown 22 28%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 24 30%
Social Sciences 7 9%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 4 5%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 4 5%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 4%
Other 10 13%
Unknown 28 35%
Attention Score in Context

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 9. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 05 October 2017.
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#3,563,106
of 22,994,508 outputs
Outputs from BMC Infectious Diseases
#1,125
of 7,717 outputs
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#63,627
of 317,089 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Infectious Diseases
#23
of 166 outputs
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