- •The arrival of Zika virus in America has generated a lot of awareness in social media due to the algorithmic increase in the spread of the disease and its concerning complications.
- •Accurate & credible dissemination of correct information about the arbovirus could help in decreasing the pandemic spread and associated apprehension in the population.
- •Our study examined the effective use of the social media site Facebook as an information source for the Zika virus pandemic.
- •We found that the misleading posts were far more popular than the posts dispersing accurate relevant public health information about the disease.
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