Background: Zikavirus was discovered in the 1950’s in the Zikaforest in Uganda, it is a vector borne flavivirus and its main carrier is the Aedes Aegyptimosquito. In 2015 ZIKV reached Brazil and from Brazil it has spread to 26 countries in the Americas. ZIKV is most known for its ties with Microcephaly, but the ZIKV has been linked to several neurological conditions including Guillian-Barré Syndrome. Very limited treatment is currently available for the complications and prevention is the most used method to combat the infection.
Aim: The aim of this study is to describe the experience of Brazilian registered nurses in regards to Zika virus and its complications.
Method: An Empirical qualitative approach was used, and the data was retrieved through semi-structured interviews. The method used for analysing was a Qualitative content analysis.
Results: The findings resulted in two categories: 1. The many faces of uncertainty and, 2. Spreading and attaining knowledge. In addition 10 sub-categories were identified.
Conclusion: The suffering that was expressed was related to the uncertainty of the disease. By providing information and educating patients, the health literacy may strengthen. Increasing health literacy can empower the people and lead to sound health decisions.