Agencies issue guidance on protecting workers from exposure to Zika virus

Publication includes safety precautions to use around an infected person’s blood

Posted April 29, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued guidance and information for protecting workers from occupational exposure to Zika virus.

The agency’s Fact Sheet includes:

  • Interim guidance for outdoor workers, healthcare and laboratory workers, mosquito control workers, and business travelers to protect against occupational exposure to Zika virus.
  • Interim guidance and recommendations for employers to use to protect their workers.
  • Interim guidance and recommendations for workers to consider to protect themselves from mosquito bites and exposure to an infected person’s blood or other body fluids.

CDC says it will continue to update the guidance as new information related to Zika virus transmission and related health effects becomes available, based on the accumulating evidence, expert opinion, and knowledge about the risk associated with other viral infections.

The CDC has also provided maps showing the approximate and potential locations of the two species of mosquitoes that are associated with Zika transmission.


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