Aug 23, 2016
As of July 6, more than 1100 cases of Zika had been reported in the United States, about 40 percent of them in Florida and New York. Don’t panic: all those patients recovered.
But the fact is, Zika cases are on the rise, and smart employers will consider how they can protect their workers from contracting it.
Now is the time, since Zika is primarily a mosquito-borne virus—and summer is when the mosquito population explodes. (It should be noted that Zika may also be transmitted via blood or bodily fluids.)
There’s no vaccine to protect against Zika, and there’s no specific treatment for individuals who contract the disease. So the key is prevention.
While it would behoove an employer to educate all employees on the risks of exposure to Zika—and to provide information about possible Zika links to birth defects to women who are or may become pregnant, or employees whose partners are or may become pregnant—certain classes of workers who may be at greater risk. Outdoor workers, for instance, maybe have a greater exposure to mosquito bites. Healthcare professionals or lab workers who are exposed to bodily fluids may also be at greater risk of infection.
What can employers do?
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