Zika Information for Workers

Zika virus disease (Zika) is caused by the Zika virus and is spread to people primarily from the bite of an

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infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite most actively in the daytime but also bite at night. There is currently no vaccine to prevent Zika infection. National Institue for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have developed interim guidance for protecting workers from occupational exposure to Zika virus. (Download "Fact Sheet Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus")
  • 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

Background:

Zika virus is primarily spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes. There is no vaccine to prevent Zika virus infection, and there is no specific treatment for people who become infected. Although Zika virus is primarily spread by infected mosquitoes, exposure to an infected person’s blood or other body fluids may also result in transmission. Outdoor workers may be at the greatest risk of exposure to Zika virus.  Some workers, including those working with insecticides in areas of activ