Walt Disney World Resort Will Start Providing Free Insect Repellent To Counter Zika Virus

Walt Disney World will start giving out free insect repellent throughout its resort Sunday, as the threat of Zika comes increasingly close to Orlando.

Disney confirmed it will have various types of mosquito repellent at its theme parks, at Disney Springs and the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. There will also be aerosol cans in hotel rooms.

Signs will be posted letting people know the repellent is available.

"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," Disney said in an emailed statement. "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."

Non-travel-related Zika cases have occurred in Florida over the past few weeks, including most recently in Miami Beach and in Pinellas County. The Zika virus was first detected in Brazil last year and has since spread across the Americas. It is especially concerning for pregnant women because it can cause severe birth defects.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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