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Diseases 2018, 6(2), 37;

Zika Virus and the Risk for Renter Households

Department of Population Health, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77340, USA
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77340, USA
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77340, USA
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Received: 8 March 2018 / Revised: 10 May 2018 / Accepted: 11 May 2018 / Published: 15 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Infectious Disease Epidemiology)
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Recent research on family income indicates that a lack of economic stability can affect healthy housing. Those with limited resources experience higher rates of inadequate and unstable housing many times forcing them to live in undesirable communities in which there can be several community-level health-related issues. One community-level health-related factor of concern has been the reemergence of Zika virus. Some research has indicated that a higher risk of catching Zika virus may exist in neighborhoods and areas with unhealthy housing. Therefore, this study sought to explore the existence of a relationship between rental housing and the Zika virus. Our findings indicated a significant correlation existed between renter occupied household units and the presence of Zika virus. This finding is notable as it indicates that renters have a higher chance of contracting Zika virus than non-renters. Future research should further examine the demographic and housing situation in other communities reporting cases of the Zika virus. View Full-Text
Keywords: social determinants of health; Zika virus; renters social determinants of health; Zika virus; renters

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Scarbrough, A.; Rathnasekara, H.; Holt, M.; Hill, J.; Kafle, R. Zika Virus and the Risk for Renter Households. Diseases 2018, 6, 37.

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