The campus was previously informed about the facts and risks associated with Zika Virus. According to the CDC, there are still no reports of locally acquired cases in the United States, but there have been around 500 reports of travel-associated cases. OSHA recently released a fact sheet that recommends that those working outdoors reduce their risk of exposure by wearing insect repellent and protective clothing. Areas of standing water (e.g. tires, buckets) should also be eliminated. Women who are nursing, pregnant, or trying to become pregnant should take extra precautions when in areas where mosquitos are present. For more information, contact Environmental Health & Safety or visit CDC’s Zika Virus website.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2016. “Zika virus disease in the United States, 2015-2016.” CDC.gov. http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/united-states.html
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2016. “Zika Virus.” CDC.gov. http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 2016. “Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus.” OSHA.gov. https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3855.pdfThe