Since it has been confirmed that Zika virus has reached Florida, many theme parks and water parks that are located in the sunshine state now are offering free mosquito repellent, so people can be safe from the nasty insects and there is no chance that they contract one of the many different mosquito-borne diseases the bugs carry.
Hand sanitizers have long been something that you absolutely need to take with you if you are going to a theme park or a water park, because there are so many bacteria floating around these types of places, that you need to somehow protect yourself from them. But in light of the Zika virus outbreak and other diseases that are associated with mosquitoes, some theme parks are taking it one step further and providing free mosquito repellent to its visitors, so kids, parents and anyone else, who visits these parks, can avoid these mosquito diseases.
This movement was initiated by three Florida theme park big wigs Universal Orlando, Sea World and Disney World. And the reason behind this was to eliminate any fear tourists might have about Zika virus or some of the other common mosquito-borne diseases, so people would keep visiting the parks and having fun in these parks. Zika virus is especially dangerous to pregnant women, and since many times these theme parks are visited by young families who are expecting, Zika virus really is a big threat. So the fact that tourists now can be safe while enjoying their time in Florida’s most magical places, even if they forget their mosquito repellent at home, is a welcome and prospective change.
In addition to the fact that the free mosquito repellent could prevent thousands of people from getting Zika, this initiative also could be a way how to limit the spread of Zika virus in Florida and in other states as well. Caution and prevention of contracting Zika could be one of the most efficient ways how to slow down the Zika spreading through United States, and if these prevention tools are available for free, then people are most likely to use them. And since these theme parks work together with the governments and organizations like the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, their fee mosquito repellent policy could be the key element in the fight against Zika in Florida and in U.S. overall.
But how do they get the theme and water park visitors to actually pick up the free repellent? The parks have not only set up the repellent bottles on desks in strategic places like near the entrances, but also are giving out fliers, that highlight why they should use the repellent. Among the reason is that the best way to avoid getting Zika is by not getting bitten by the mosquito, which is true and the main reason you should use mosquito repellents and wear protective clothing whenever you are in a place where mosquitoes that are disease vectors live.