Mosquito Control Practices and Zika Knowledge Among Outdoor Construction Workers: A Comment
To the Editor:
The recent report by Moore et al1 is very interesting. Moore et al reported a rapid pilot study on “Mosquito Control Practices and Zika Knowledge Among Outdoor Construction Workers in Miami-Dade County, Florida” and could find some problems regarding practice and knowledge. In fact, as a new emerging disease, the practice and knowledge of the lay workers regarding Zika virus infection might not be good. In our setting, the endemic tropical Southeast Asia country, the poor knowledge and practice among the local people regarding Zika virus infection is common. Of interest, a similar survey was done and the same problem of poor knowledge and practice among medical personnel could also be observed.2 Finally, Moore et al1 also noted that outdoor construction worker was a risk group for Zika virus infection. Indeed, any occupations are at risk during the Zika virus outbreak. Concerning the nature of Aedes mosquito, the vector of Zika virus, it normally lives and bites during day time and its main habitat is indoor.3 Hence, working outdoor might be less risky than indoor.