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RODRIGUEZ MEDINA, Leandro; PANDAL DE LA PEZA, Ana  and  SHRUM, Wesley. On Mistrust in Science and Politics: The Zika Outbreak in Mexico (2016-2018). Sociológica (Méx.) [online]. 2019, vol.34, n.96, pp.205-238. ISSN 2007-8358.

After the World Health Organization declared a state of emergency due to the zika virus between February and November 2016, a great deal of research has been done to analyze it. Nevertheless, this research displays two significant gaps. First, these projects are carried out in epidemiological and public health frameworks, but lacking a perspective of the social studies of science and technology. In the second place, only occasionally does attention center on the health conditions in the countries of the periphery. This article is the result of research begun in 2016 by an international team with members from Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and the United States, financed by the National Science Foundation. The aim of the analysis is to fill that niche, centering on the specific situation in Mexico. The first focus is the public’s mistrust both of the government and of the communications media. Later, it researches the citizenry’s perceptions of the participation of the Ministry of Public Health and government efforts at prevention and eradicating the virus. Finally, the article presents the research conclusions, relating them to the effectiveness of government campaigns around the virus.

Keywords : zika; mistrust; government.

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