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CDC, OSHA Release Guidance To Protect Workers from Zika

Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) advises employers and workers in health care settings and laboratories to follow proper infection control and biosafety practices for blood-borne pathogens to  prevent transmission of the Zika virus.

The guidance calls for the use of standard practices, including proper hand hygiene and the use of personal protective equipment to avoid direct contact with blood and potentially infectious materials.

Additionally, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a contract to evaluate the effectiveness of a test to screen blood donations for the Zika virus. The development of accurate blood donation screening tests will ensure infected blood is removed from the blood supply.

America’s Essential Hospitals has established a resource page for its member hospitals and others with an interest in this emerging health crisis. Essential hospitals provide a significant volume of public health and emergency preparedness services and stand ready to support the nation’s response to Zika. Visit this page regularly for new and updated information.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.




About the Author

Matt Buechner is the policy and advocacy associate for America's Essential Hospitals.

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