//25/05/2016 Pseudoscientific Claims Surrounding the Zika Virus Putting Vulnerable People at Risk
Worldpharmanews.com has reported that conspiracy theories surrounding the Zika virus may be putting vulnerable people at risk. The virus, which is found in Asia, Africa and South America, has been subject to conspiracy theories which have been circulating on social media. It has been linked to microcephaly – a condition where babies are born with abnormally small heads and brains.
One theory is that microcephaly is in fact caused by the MMR vaccine and that pharmaceutical companies are blaming the Zika virus in order to profit from selling the Zika vaccine. The researchers behind the study, who were from George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University and University of Georgia in the US said that theories such as this could affect people’s decisions on whether or not to get vaccinated. In addition, those most affected are the ones residing in the most vulnerable communities. The researchers analysed live conversations by monitoring Facebook and Twitter in real time, in order to track conversations regarding Zika and the vaccine.