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      Zika virus pandemic-analysis of Facebook as a social media health information platform.

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          The arrival of Zika virus in the United States has generated a lot of activity on social media focusing on the algorithmic increase in the spread of the disease and its concerning complications. Accurate and credible dissemination of correct information about the arbovirus could help in decreasing the pandemic spread and associated apprehension in the population. Our study examined the effective use of the social media site Facebook (Facebook Inc, Menlo Park, CA) as an information source for the Zika virus pandemic. We found that the misleading posts were far more popular than the posts dispersing accurate, relevant public health information about the disease.

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          Journal
          Am J Infect Control
          American journal of infection control
          Elsevier BV
          1527-3296
          0196-6553
          Mar 01 2017
          : 45
          : 3
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin, 8701 W Watertown Plank Rd, Wauwatosa, WI. Electronic address: msharma@mcw.edu.
          [2 ] Division of Cardiovascular Disease, Department of Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA.
          [3 ] Department of Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA.
          Article
          S0196-6553(16)30918-X
          10.1016/j.ajic.2016.08.022
          27776823

          Epidemic, Viral, Public health, Conspiracy theory

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