OSHA and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have issued warnings relating to the spread of the Zika virus. The virus can be spread by contact with infected human body fluids but is normally spread by certain strains of mosquitos. Although there are no current strains of Ohio or Michigan mosquitos known to carry the Zika Virus, there is concern it will eventually find its way into local populations. The virus has been linked to serious birth defects.
Although there is no current OSHA regulation specifically requiring employers to protect workers from exposure, there is a general duty clause requiring employers to keep employees safe from any hazard that could affect the health or safety of workers.
The alert recommends employers have workers exposed to mosquitos wear lose fitting clothing, covering body parts and use repellants. They recommend ridding areas of standing water and using chemicals to reduce the mosquito populations, but caution on safe use of the chemicals. Women who are or can become pregnant should follow strict precautions.
Someone infected will normally have symptoms in 2-5 days. The symptoms are