We all know that a mosquito’s buzz can bring down barbecues, camping trips, and little league games—but what about its effects on businesses? The important safety and health implications of these pests are too often overlooked in the context of work, even in the face of growing concerns about mosquito-borne illnesses. As issues like the Zika virus continue to make headlines across the country, food processing business executives and managers must think carefully about how they can mitigate mosquitoes in and around their facilities to ensure the well-being of their staff and customers.
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Explore this issueOctober/November 2016
What Are the Threats?
A major challenge that business owners have encountered in recent months is that of mosquito-borne illnesses—both in learning about these diseases and how they are spread, as well as keeping themselves and their employees safe. Business owners have a responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of their employees, so it is important to understand how these risks can impact food processing facilities.
Recent headlines have been dominated by the Zika virus, a serious illness that has captured global attention. The virus was first discovered in humans in 1952 in Uganda, and has since remained relatively isolated to tropical communities. However, increased global travel has made it easier for infected individuals to carry the virus to new locales—and once it has made landfall in a new home, it can be spread through local mosquito-based transmission and other means, such as sexual contact.