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With the recent torrential rains, we expect a larger crop of mosquitos this spring and summer. The
US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued an alert about the spread of the Zika virus, and Texas
is included in the CDC’s estimate of the areas in the United States where the mosquitos more likely
to spread viruses like Zika, dengue, chikungunya and other viruses can be found. The National
Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) recommends employers protect workers and
workers protect themselves by using preventative measures including: protecting equipment in the
field, removing debris from ditches, filling in areas that collect standing water, removing tires,
buckets and items that collect standing water, and placing holes in containers that could collect
standing water where mosquitos may breed. The CDC and NIOSH have also provided a link for
insect repellant safety at
In Texas, insect bites and stings have been held not to be acts of God and are compensable when
causation is established. It is not enough to show that the injury occurred while in the course and
scope of employment. A claimant must also prove that the injury was of such kind and character as
had to do with and originated in the employer's work, trade, business or profession. Standard Fire
Ins. Co. v. Cuellar, 468 S.W.2d 880 (Tex. Civ. App.-San Antonio 1971, writ ref'd n.r.e.). To show
causation, the claimant must prove that the conditions and obligations of the employment placed him or her in harm's way. Texas Workers' Comp. Ins. Fund v. Simon, 980 S.W.2d 730 (Tex. App.-San
Antonio 1998, no writ.) Employers whose workplace presents an increased risk for exposure to
mosquitos should be especially cautious (agricultural, outdoor maintenance, road construction) and
look into extra preventive measures.