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:: Awareness, Beliefs, and Actions Concerning Zika Virus Among Pregnant Women and Community Members — U.S. Virgin Islands, November–December 2016
Building in a rapid assessment during an outbreak response offers essential information to local public health authorities about their interventions. This feedback can improve communication and intervention strategies that inform and protect people. From November 15 to December 9, 2016, as part of a collaboration with the CDC, the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health conducted interviews with 269 pregnant women and community members living in the U.S.V.I. to assess awareness, beliefs, and actions related to Zika virus and local prevention and control efforts. Most respondents said they believed Zika to be a serious health concern but many were not aware of how Zika is or spread. Information collected enabled program planners to tailor efforts to address needs related to mosquito control, and also provided feedback about how messages were being received, perceived, and acted upon. Recognizing prevention program strengths and deficiencies allowed program planners to reframe and refocus messaging to educate the public about Zika transmission and emphasize protective actions.