#SaludTues Tweetchat 6/21/16: Latinos and Zika Virus


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A person bitten by a mosquito infected with Zika virus may experience fever, rash, and#SaludTues 06-21 (3) joint pain for a few days, but most people who get it won’t experience symptoms.

So why is Zika virus such a big deal?

Zika infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and outbreaks are happening frequently in both foreign and domestic lands.

Let’s use #SaludTues to tweet about what Zika is, where the virus is spreading, what it means for summer travel, and most importantly how to prevent it.

  • WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “What Latinos Should Know about Zika”
  • TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT), Tuesday, June 21, 2016
  • WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
  • HOST: @SaludToday
  • CO-HOSTS: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (@CDCgov and @CDCespanol), The National Hispanic Medical Association (@NHMAmd), and Dr. Peter Hotez of Baylor College of Medicine (@PeterHotez)
  • SPECIAL GUESTS: Dr. Gustavo Ferrer of Intensive Care Experts (@GustavoFerrerMD) and YOU!

We’ll open the floor to your stories and experiences as we explore:

  • What is Zika virus?
  • Where is Zika virus outbreak occurring?
  • Who is at greatest threat of Zika virus?
  • How can Latinos prevent Zika?
  • What should you do when traveling?

Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter and share stories and resources that can help Latinos prevent Zika virus.

#SaludTues is a weekly Tweetchat about Latino health at 12p CST/1p ET every Tuesday and hosted by @SaludToday, the Latino health social media campaign for the team at Salud America! and the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

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