Zika Virus and the Risk for Renter Households




Scarbrough, Amanda
Rathnasekara, Heranga
Holt, Melinda
Hill, Jack
Kafle, Ram

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MDPI (Infectious Diseade Epidemiology)


Recent research on family income indicates that a lack of economic stability can affect healthy housing. Those with limited resources experience higher rates of inadequate and unstable housing many times forcing them to live in undesirable communities in which there can be several community-level health-related issues. One community-level health-related factor of concern has been the reemergence of Zika virus. Some research has indicated that a higher risk of catching Zika virus may exist in neighborhoods and areas with unhealthy housing. Therefore, this study sought to explore the existence of a relationship between rental housing and the Zika virus. Our findings indicated a significant correlation existed between renter occupied household units and the presence of Zika virus. This finding is notable as it indicates that renters have a higher chance of contracting Zika virus than non-renters. Future research should further examine the demographic and housing situation in other communities reporting cases of the Zika virus.



Zika virus, renters, social determinants of health, medicine


Scarbrough, A., Rathnaskara, H., Holt, M., Hill, J. & Kafle, R. (2018). Zika Virus and the Risk for Renter Households. Diseases 6(2): 37.