Southerners taking more Zika precautions than other Americans, poll finds

People in the South are more likely to take certain steps to avoid Zika, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation's latest poll.

The poll, conducted Sept. 14 to Sept. 20, finds people in the South are more likely to take measures to reduce the number of mosquitoes around their homes.

Twenty-four percent of people in the South report having a pest control company spray outside their home to protect themselves, compared to 13 percent in the West, 14 percent in the Midwest and 9 percent in the Northeast.

Additionally, people in the South (18 percent) are more likely to report having a pest control company spray insecticide inside their home than individuals in the West (7 percent) or Midwest (6 percent), according to the poll. Individuals living in the South are also more likely than people in other regions to report removing standing water from around their home in order to protect themselves from catching Zika.

The survey finds the most common precautions taken by Americans who report at least some awareness of Zika include using mosquito repellent (50 percent), removing standing water around their home (46 percent), and avoiding travel to another country where people are being infected with the Zika virus by mosquitoes (42 percent).


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