Zika Virus Resources for Environmental Health Professionals
Environmental health (EH) professionals play a significant role in the reduction of mosquito-borne disease. Even jurisdictions with specialized mosquito control boards play a significant role in the elimination of mosquito breeding grounds. EH professionals are regularly in public and private spaces for inspections and complaint investigations. These visits provide an opportunity to intervene if they see issues like standing water, or containers or debris that could house standing water and create a habitat for mosquito larvae. EH professionals can create awareness around how we play a part in mosquito control which will decrease the chances of mosquito-borne diseases like Zika.
The CDC has developed interim guidelines for health care providers in the United States caring for infants born to mothers who traveled to or resided in an area with Zika virus transmission.
The Council on Foreign Relations has posted a useful summary for environmental health professionals on recent Zika virus developments. This article, authored by Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health, is reposted with permission.