Zika Is Now an OSHA Issue By: Adele L. Abrams, Esq., CMSP In August 2016, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed that there are now cases of the Zika virus, which were locally acquired from mosquitoes in the United States in Florida. The spread of the virus domestically at this point may be inevitable, and health consequences affect not only pregnant women and their babies (who may be born with profound disabilities including microcephaly), but even healthy adult workers. This has triggered significant discussion about how to protect outdoor workers, such as those engaged in construction, pest control, and landscaping activities.

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