Dear Brothers & Sisters:
With summer upon us, now’s a good time to remind each of you to take steps to avoid falling victim to a disease from an insect bite.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a report citing that the most common vector-borne pathogens in the United States are transmitted by ticks or mosquitoes, including those causing Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, West Nile, dengue, and Zika virus diseases.
Due to the outdoor nature of certain types of construction work you may be doing, please protect yourselves, understand the symptoms of vector-borne diseases, and know what to do if they believe they have contracted a vector-borne disease. Here are some tips to help prevent getting a vector-borne disease:
According to the CDC, about 650,000 vector-borne diseases were contracted in the USA in the last 12 years. During this time, tick-borne bacterial and protozoan diseases more than doubled, while lyme disease accounted for 82% of all tick-borne disease reported across the continental United States.
Stay safe out there and as always, thank you for your hard work!
Yours in Solidarity,
Dennis Donahou, Vice President
UBC Southern District