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Zika preparedness: Consider employee safety and legal issues

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As temperatures in the Northeast cool and mosquitos disappear until spring, the Zika virus may no longer be on the minds of those who live and work in Pennsylvania. However, Zika should remain on your radar.

Zika concerns highlight the need for employers to be prepared for the issues surrounding employee illness, particularly as influenza season begins.

What is Zika?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the Zika virus generally produces mild symptoms in those affected, if it produces symptoms at all. Fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes, muscle pain and headache can result.

Zika is transmitted to people primarily through mosquito bites, but also by sexual contact and by a pregnant woman to her fetus. Zika can cause severe birth defects, including microcephaly.

What should employers do?  

There have been no known cases of local transmission (virus acquired from local mosquitoes) of Zika in Pennsylvania.

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