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Gac Sanit. 2017 Nov - Dec;31(6):531-534. doi: 10.1016/j.gaceta.2017.04.003. Epub 2017 Jun 20.

[Hotline for Zika virus: experience of a tropical and travel medicine unit].

[Article in Spanish]

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1
Unidad de Medicina Tropical y del Viajero, Enfermedades Infecciosas, Hospital La Paz-Carlos III, Madrid, España. Electronic address: marta.diazmenendez@gmail.com.
2
Unidad de Medicina Tropical y del Viajero, Enfermedades Infecciosas, Hospital La Paz-Carlos III, Madrid, España.

Abstract

The current outbreak of Zika virus has caused great social alarm, generated in part by the lack of information in the general population. In order to provide accurate and verified information, the Tropical and Travel Medicine Unit of Hospital Carlos III-La Paz (Madrid, Spain) established a hotline for Zika virus infection. We present the data concerning the first 6 months of operation of the telephone hotline. The predominant call profile consisted of women seeking information about the risk of acquiring the disease before travelling. Brazil, Mexico and Colombia were the destinations for which the most information was requested. Most of the consultations were resolved by providing information only. The implementation of call devices that provide confirmed and reliable information on diseases associated with great alarm are of significant public health interest, as they reduce the number of unnecessary medical consultations and save on medical costs.

KEYWORDS:

Disease outbreak; Epidemia; Global health; Hot line; Infección por virus Zika; Línea de atención telefónica; Medicina tropical; Salud global; Tropical medicine; Zika virus infection

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PMID:
28645459
DOI:
10.1016/j.gaceta.2017.04.003
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