20% of at-risk US women still unaware of Zika dangers

New survey data from InCrowd, a provider of real-time market intelligence to life sciences and healthcare firms, shows 20 percent of pregnant or would-be pregnant women in the U.S. are not aware of the dangers of Zika virus.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, 23 percent of OB-GYNs also surveyed by InCrowd said they believe the U.S. government is doing enough to warn Americans about the disease.

InCrowd conducted its April survey online, gathering responses from 70 OB-GYNs who had 20 or more pregnant patients, as well as from 200 U.S. women ages 18 to 45 that are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant in the next year.

Other findings include:

  • Of the women surveyed, 17.8 percent had conversations with their healthcare providers about Zika
  • Thirty-one percent of OB-GYNs rated their patients as concerned about Zika
  • Fifty-six percent of OB-GYNs reported ordering more frequent sonograms for at-risk women, categorized by InCrowd as a precaution for patients

"U.S. OB-GYNs clearly are more concerned about the Zika virus today among their patient base. Whether U.S. pregnant women or considering-becoming pregnant women surveyed are growing weary of the Zika virus topic, or just more informed and thus less concerned, is hard to tell. We'll continue monitoring this public health challenge in the months to come," said Diane Hayes, PhD, president and co-founder of InCrowd.

InCrowd also surveyed OB-GYNs and women in February about the Zika virus — see those results here.


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