Going back to the discussion on the Zika virus and how much attention it gained so quickly, there are some other variables that may have been missed as to why it gained so much attention. The virus was already being spread throughout small parts of Africa, Asia, and the Pacific islands (PMC) before the 2015/2016 outbreak. The few variables that may have made the virus a huge outbreak in the media may have been due to the fact there was an extremely high outbreak in Brazil which lead to the other variable being that the 2016 Summer Olympics were being held in Brazil.
The women in Brazil were advise to continue to have safe sex. But if the woman wanted to conceive a child, she was told to wait 3 or 5 years until the virus was more understood or controlled. Of course the women did not want to wait for that period of time, and not fully understanding their risks, they had children without knowing if they have contracted the virus themselves. 2016 was the real mark of the outbreak with 440,000-130,000,000 cases being in Brazil alone, but also in Caribbean and Latin American countries (PMC). Due to that large outbreak falling in line with the Summer Olympics, the media was all over this in a heart beat. It began to over shadow of what the people of Brazil really wanted the other countries to see and that was their political battle with their current and former president. The people of Brazil help protests, some wanting their president to be impeached, while others not wanting her to be impeached.
After mass media coverage (CNN, local news, twitter feed from American Athletes) people in well developed countries began to panic that there will be an outbreak just like the ones in Brazil. What people fail to realize that the majority of the outbreaks were in under or less developed countries who may not be capable in containing or controlling an outbreak. Even though there is no vaccine or cure for this virus, there is hope that one will come along but not for another few years, so until then, people are getting their facts straight on how to be safe and cautious.