The Zika virus — a disease spread primarily through mosquito bites — continues to make international headlines. While the virus is not new, it is new to the Americas. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), outbreaks have been reported in at least 51 countries or territories. Brazil has been the country most affected by the virus. On July 29, 2016, the Florida Department of Health reported the first known local transmission of the virus through infected mosquitoes in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami.
Despite the media frenzy, it is important to remember that most cases of Zika are mild. The disease poses the greatest risk, however, for pregnant women and is known to cause devastating birth defects. The CDC recently issued an advisory for pregnant women traveling to affected areas.
I recently wrote a Q&A published by Business & Legal Reports (BLR) to help employers better understand the disease and how to handle issues that are likely to arise in the workplace. You can view the article here.