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Influenza & Virues

Influenza & Virues

Zika Virus

Zika virus is primarily spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can become infected when they bite infected persons and can then spread the Zika virus to other persons they subsequently bite.

Zika virus historically has been found in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. The first case was identified in the Zika Forest in Uganda in 1947. In 2015, cases of Zika virus infection emerged in the Americas and the Caribbean.

Zika virus has the potential to spread anywhere that mosquitoes capable of spreading the Zika virus are found. Aedes species mosquitoes are a principal vector (i.e., carrier) of Zika virus in the U.S.

Click here for more information from OSHA Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus

For current and updated information visit:

CDC website


Avian Influenza

Guidance for Protecting Employees Against Avian Flu

Avian influenza, commonly known as "avian flu" or "bird flu," is caused by influenza type A viruses that normally only occur in birds. Avian flu is very contagious among birds and can make some domesticated birds, such as chickens, ducks and turkeys, very sick and kill them. These viruses usually do not infect humans, but in recent years several cases of avian flu infection in humans have been reported.

Click here for more information from OSHA Guidance for Protecting Employees Against Avian Flu

For More information visit:

CDC website