Zika has bug spray plant working overtime

The virus has been linked to a birth defect that leads to babies being born with abnormally small heads

(CNN) – Health experts are alarmed about the spread of the Zika virus on the American continent. The virus is spread by mosquito’s.

When it comes to the Zika virus, he is a lot like the rest of us.

Fisk Johnson, chairman & CEO, SC Johnson said, “I would just as soon all of this go away.”

Except that, as the chairman and CEO of SC Johnson, Doctor Fisk Johnson, is in a position to do something about it.

Fisk Johnson: “it`s so tragic.”

The company`s effort to tame the tragedy involves, first, pushing production of it’s *off* line of mosquito repellent products to the point that it, currently, involves a 24-7 operation.

Fisk Johnson: “in the united states, we are preparing to be able to make triple the amount of product that we made, last year.”

Johnson explains, the southeastern Wisconsin company`s role in addressing the health concerns caused by the emerging virus, also includes the worldwide effort to share information, and distribute donated products, worldwide.

Fisk Johnson: “we`ve made a commitment of 15-million dollars, so far.”

Then, there`s the research, right here, in Racine county.

Fisk Johnson: “we have, actually, a team of very capable people, in this company, that are highly-focused on, on Zika.”

Friday, some of the capable are in SC Johnson’s entomological research center, the largest, private bug research lab in the world, and where we had a peek at the effort to protect people from Zika.

Tom Mascari, entomologist, SC Johnson said, “I know the company’s gearing-up, but, luckily, at the ERC, I mean, this is something we’ve been doing for 55-60 years, so we’re kind of ahead of the game, in a way, that our sciences is where it needs to be to address things, like this.”

Zika is harmless to at least 80-percent of people wont get infected. But the virus has been linked to a birth defect that leads to babies being born with abnormally small heads.

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