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Aedes aegypti  mosquitoes, like the one pictured, can become infected  when they bite infected persons and can then spread the Zika virus to  other persons they subsequently bite. Credit: CDC / James Gathany
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, like the one pictured, can become infected when they bite infected persons and can then spread the Zika virus to other persons they subsequently bite. Credit: CDC / James Gathany
May 17, 2016 2:00 PM CDT

OSHA and NIOSH provide guidance for protecting workers from exposure to Zika virus

Zika virus is primarily spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes

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An outbreak of Zika is spreading through Central and South America, Mexico, and parts of the Caribbean, including U.S. territories. Though Zika currently isn't spreading on the mainland through mosquitoes—the main route of transmission of the virus—employers and workers should take steps to prevent or minimize the risk of Zika infection if transmission starts to occur or if they work with travelers returning to the U.S. with Zika.

An OSHA and NIOSH interim guidance provides recommendations on protecting workers who may be at risk for Zika virus infection through on-the-job exposure to mosquitoes or the blood or other body fluids of infected individuals.

Visit OSHA's Zika webpage for more information.


About the Author

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

 

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