Reduce the Threat of Mosquito-borne Illnesses
Mosquitoes long have been taking a bite out of warm-weather fun. Now, that bite carries with it the danger of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses.
Employers need to identify those at greatest risk for for illness, including:
Employers should provide education about the risk of West Nile and other mosquito-borne illness, supply mosquito repellant and furnish clothing treated with permethrin, an insecticide. In medical centers and labs, be sure employees strictly adhere to procedures regulating the use of needles and wear personal protective equipment – gloves, gowns, masks and eye protection.
Government agencies and municipalities are urged to enact or renew mosquito abatement plans. EPA-approved treatment of ponds and standing water is one of the most common ways agencies have attacked mosquito larva.
Localized adult mosquito biological control also might include the introduction of birds, bats, dragonflies and frogs into the eco-system.