CDC Warns Outdoor Workers of Insect-Borne Illness Risk

CDC Warns Outdoor Workers of Insect-Borne Illness Risk

August 7th, 2018 by Guajardo & Marks, LLP

We are in the heat of the summer in Texas, and with the summer heat comes more incidents of insect bite injuries from mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cases of these types of insect bites tripled from 2004 to 2016.

According to the agency, during that time period there were more than 640,000 cases of serious domestic diseases related to insect bites – including dengue, Zika, Lyme and plague. The CDC added that local and state health departments, as well as vector control organizations, are the biggest defenses against spreading these serious insect-related diseases. But many organizations – as many as 84% – are not prepared to offer solutions that could reduce the incidence of insect-borne diseases, such as …

  • Mosquito surveillance on a regular basis with species identification and standard trapping
  • Prompt treatment decisions that stem from the surveillance data
  • Vector control work on a regular basis, including reducing sources of dangerous insects and management of the environment in the area
  • Pesticide resistance testing.

The CDC also states that the risk of serious diseases spread by insects increases as American commerce moves the bugs from one region to another and around the globe. Mosquitoes and ticks usually transport germs, and people who are infected and traveling can spread them.

It is very important — especially in the warm summer months for outdoor workers — to be aware of the serious symptoms of insect-borne diseases:

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Headaches
  • Stiff neck
  • Paralysis
  • Fatigue
  • Body, muscle and joint pain.

If you have experienced some or all of these conditions and are regularly around insects in an outdoor environment, you should be evaluated by a medical professional right away.

Texas and Job-Based Injuries

If you are a worker in Texas and are injured on the job from an insect bite, keep in mind that you could be entitled to worker’s compensation benefits. For example, if you are employed with a Dallas-based landscaping company and you are bitten by a tick that causes a serious illness and missed work time, you may be eligible for compensation under state law.

Also remember that you are not required to show that the company violated safety standards in order for you to be eligible for these benefits. If you are hurt on the job for any reason in Texas, you may be entitled to obtain compensation for your medical costs and some of your lost wages.

Were You Injured by an Insect Bite on the Job? Call a Texas Personal Injury Attorney

In Texas in the long and dry heat of the summer, it is common for workers to be injured by a variety of serious insect bites on the job. If you have been injured by an insect bite at work or suffered another type of workplace injury, you may be entitled to compensation in a worker’s compensation case or a third-party lawsuit. Please contact Guajardo & Marks today for a free legal consultation to determine whether your case should be pursued.