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Uncertainties, Fear and Stigma: Perceptions of Zika Virus among Pregnant Women in Spain

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ISGlobal, Hospital Clínic—Universitat de Barcelona, 08036 Barcelona, Spain
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Consorcio de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP), 28029 Madrid, Spain
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Centro de Investigação em Saúde de Manhiça (CISM), Maputo 1929, Mozambique
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(18), 6643; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186643
Received: 11 August 2020 / Revised: 28 August 2020 / Accepted: 4 September 2020 / Published: 11 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Health and Wellbeing of Migrant Populations)
Similar to other epidemics, knowledge about Zika virus (ZIKV) relies upon information often coming from outside the health system. This study aimed to explore views, perceptions and attitudes towards ZIKV among migrant women from Central and South America, diagnosed with ZIKV infection during pregnancy, and to comprehend healthcare professionals’ perceptions of ZIKV. An exploratory qualitative study, based on phenomenology and grounded theory, was conducted in Barcelona, Spain. Data were collected through in-depth and paired interviews with women diagnosed with ZIKV infection during pregnancy, and semi-structured interviews with healthcare professionals. Women showed good level of awareness of ZIKV, despite some knowledge gaps. The most consulted source of information about ZIKV was the Internet. Women expressed they suffered from anxiety and depression due to potential effects of ZIKV on their babies. They conveyed their sources of support came primarily from their partners and relatives, as well as healthcare professionals. This study stresses the dramatic health, social and emotional burden that the epidemic imposed on migrant women infected with ZIKV during pregnancy. These results may help guide psychosocial support and health measures for pregnant women and their children as part of the public health emergency response in emergent epidemics. View Full-Text
Keywords: views; perceptions; attitudes; zika; pregnancy; migrants; travelers; qualitative; grounded theory; Spain views; perceptions; attitudes; zika; pregnancy; migrants; travelers; qualitative; grounded theory; Spain
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Marbán-Castro, E.; Villén-Gonzalvo, A.; Enguita-Fernàndez, C.; Marín-Cos, A.; Menéndez, C.; Maixenchs, M.; Bardají, A. Uncertainties, Fear and Stigma: Perceptions of Zika Virus among Pregnant Women in Spain. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 6643. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186643

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Marbán-Castro E, Villén-Gonzalvo A, Enguita-Fernàndez C, Marín-Cos A, Menéndez C, Maixenchs M, Bardají A. Uncertainties, Fear and Stigma: Perceptions of Zika Virus among Pregnant Women in Spain. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(18):6643. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186643

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Marbán-Castro, Elena, Ana Villén-Gonzalvo, Cristina Enguita-Fernàndez, Anna Marín-Cos, Clara Menéndez, Maria Maixenchs, and Azucena Bardají. 2020. "Uncertainties, Fear and Stigma: Perceptions of Zika Virus among Pregnant Women in Spain" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 18: 6643. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186643

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