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Zika Virus Update from Partners Occupational Health Services

 By PHS Communications – September 6, 2016

"We want Partners employees, particularly those who have travel plans to Zika areas, to know about resources available to them to help keep them safe," said Susan Loomis, MS, CNP, ANP-BC, COHN-S, Director of Occupational Health Services.

Reports regarding the Zika virus and its spread have received increasing media attention and generated heightened concern. Zika is a mosquito-borne disease that is spreading throughout many countries, including two areas of Miami-Dade County in Florida and the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Given the time of year and the climate in Massachusetts, it is improbable that Zika will spread to our area.

For Partners employees who have possible travel plans to an area where Zika is prevalent, there are many resources available to keep you safe and up-to-date about the evolving Zika situation. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) maintains current information related to Zika activity as well as recommendations for prevention.

For Partners employees who have business-related travel plans to a Zika area, the Partners TravelSafe program should be utilized to assist you in your trip planning process by providing in-country information and current alerts, as well as providing emergency assistance while traveling. The TravelSafe program can be accessed at (Partners access or VPN required).   

Please stay informed and follow the CDC recommendations for prevention.

For more information or to discuss healthy aging concerns, please contact Partners Employee Assistance Program at 1-866-724-4EAP.

In case of emergency, please call 911 or your local hospital emergency service.




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