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According to the CDC, prevention is one vital way to help stop the spread of Zika.
Are you working outside this summer? The Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) reports there are at least 25 states with the Aedes aegypti mosquito. This kind of mosquito is responsible for spreading the Zika virus, West Nile virus and other diseases.
Workers who are exposed on the job to mosquitoes, or to people with the virus like health care workers, may be at higher chance of getting Zika. Since there are no vaccines to protect against Zika, personal prevention, mosquito control and environmental cleanup may be the best ways to stop or slow the spread of the Zika virus.
If your job calls for you to work outdoors, you and your coworkers should take steps to help protect yourselves from mosquitoes.
Traveling for work?
When traveling, look to the CDC for guidance. The CDC’s Traveler’s Health website has tips for protecting yourself when you travel to Zika-affected areas.
OSHA also advises employers to think about being flexible in needed travel for workers worried about being exposed to the Zika virus.
You may want to talk to your employer about your travel. According to OSHA, employers that can be flexible about travel and leave policies may help control the spread of the Zika virus.
What else should I know about the Zika virus?
Get the latest Zika virus updates on the CDC’s Zika website,
Remember to take your member ID card whether traveling for work or on vacation.
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Originally published on May 25, 2016.
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