Walt Disney World will give out free insect repellent to fight Zika virus

As more reports of the Zika virus come out of Florida, Walt Disney World will begin giving out free insect repellent. There will be pump bottles and towelettes available at the theme parks, Disney Springs, and ESPN Wide World of Sports, as well as aerosol cans in the hotel rooms.

There will be signs posted around the resort notifying guests of the repellent availability.

Disney said, “In an abundance of caution, we are accelerating preventative efforts throughout our property, including providing complimentary insect repellent to our Guests along with helpful guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. We have an extensive mosquito-prevention and monitoring program in place, and we continue to work closely with local, state and federal experts on this topic.”

The Orlando Sentinel reports that several non-travel-related Zika cases have been found in Florida in the last few weeks. Some of these were in Miami Beach and Pinellas County.

The Zika virus is spread by mosquitoes and was first reported in Brazil. Pregnant women have been advised to be careful of traveling to places where Zika has been found, as the disease can cause birth defects in unborn babies.

Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando will also be providing insect repellent for their guests.  At Universal, it will be located at guest services locations.  SeaWorld will provide it at all of their Orlando locations (SeaWorld, Aquatica, Discovery Cove), as well as Busch Gardens and Adventure Island in Tampa.

News source: Orlando Sentinel