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Volume 26, Number 5—May 2020
Research Letter

Zika Inquiries Made to the CDC-INFO System, December 2015–September 2017

Tara Kirk Sell, Crystal Watson, Diane Meyer, Michael R. Snyder, Sanjana J. Ravi, Emma E. McGinty, Laura E. Pechta, Dale A. Rose, Michelle N. Podgornik, and Keri M. Lubell
Author affiliations: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA (T.K. Sell, C. Watson, D. Meyer, M.R. Snyder, S.J. Ravi, E.E. McGinty); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (L.E. Pechta, D.A. Rose, M.N. Podgornik, K.M. Lubell)

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Percentage of inquiries with specific question topics to CDC-INFO, December 1, 2015–September 29, 2017*

Question topic % Inquiries with question topic, n = 3268
Information gathering
Transmission: includes persistence, presence in semen, mosquitoes, and immunity 9
Incubation period <1
Signs and symptoms 2
Outbreak response processes 3
Seeking information about diagnostic tests 13
Seeking information about treatments, countermeasures, vaccines 1
Clinician seeking clinical recommendation/assistance for a patient with Zika
Information about risks
Health effects/issues: includes harm to self, fetus, pregnant woman, or child 4
Health effects: specifically long-term reproductive effects 4
Exposure: mosquito-related or sexual exposure 2
Infection: asking if inquirer could have Zika 1
Safety of protective actions: includes spraying or repellant
Protective actions
What activities should be done to protect from getting Zika 3
Waiting to get pregnant 4
Safe sex practices 1
Insect repellent/preventing bug bites/mosquito control 3
What action to take following possible exposure 1
Acquiring a Zika test 11
Travel and geolocation 42
Actions for infected persons
Seeking access to materials/tools 4

*When inquirers asked >1 type of question, each type was counted separately. As a result, total percentage adds up to >100%. CDC-INFO, the national contact center for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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