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Characteristics of Zika Behavior Discourse on Twitter

  title={Characteristics of Zika Behavior Discourse on Twitter},
  author={Ashlynn Rae Daughton and Dasha Pruss and Brad Arnot and Danielle Albers Szafir and Michael J. Paul},
Zika is an important emerging illness that has been linked to neurological syndromes in adult patients, and birth defects in patients infected in-utero. Here, we use Twitter to explore the discourse of individuals tweeting about Zika. We labeled a sample of 500 English tweets to identify common themes, used keywords to track two themes, reproduction and travel, and identify spatial patterns in tweets based on the language of the tweet. We also observed tweets made in the first person that might… 

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