Preventing Exposure to the Zika Virus

The Zika virus which is spreading quickly is something that can be avoided with the proper prevention techniques. The virus makes itself manifest 2-7 days after a mosquito bite. Symptoms include but are not limited to joint pain, rash, fever, and red eyes. 

Since there is currently no vaccine or treatment for the Zika virus the best plan of action is prevention. Spread of the virus happens through mosquito bites but can also spread through body fluids.

Workers who spend most of their time outside are at the greatest risk of contracting the Zika virus. Do the following to help lower the risk:

  • Inform all employees and workers of the dangers of the Zika virus
  • Provide insect repellants and instruct workers on how to properly use them
  • Encourage workers to wear clothing that covers skin
  • Remove any areas with standing water that might attract mosquitos
  • Take special note of anyone who is pregnant or has a partner who is pregnant and move them to areas away from mosquitos
For the most updated and current information on the Zika virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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