Partnership with the CDC Foundation Will Distribute Vital Preventative Resources in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa in Light of Zika Outbreaks
Today, as part of its commitment to provide at least $15 million to help protect families from the Zika virus, SC Johnson announced a donation of more than 60,000 cans and bottles of OFF!® personal insect repellent to the CDC Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The repellent will be part of Zika prevention kits distributed by the CDC and specifically targeted to help pregnant women in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa.
“The Zika virus is devastating and continues to spread. We have a responsibility to help where we can, particularly for those at high risk. The people of SC Johnson are committed to helping these needy families protect themselves from the mosquitoes that may carry Zika,” said Fisk Johnson, SC Johnson Chairman and CEO.
In February, SC Johnson sent an initial donation of OFF!® to the CDC to meet an immediate need for resources. The products were used in assembling 5,000 kits that have already been distributed. The additional units of OFF!® personal repellent, which contains DEET, will be included in additional Zika prevention kits distributed by the CDC. The kits include educational materials, products and tools to help prevent the contraction and transmission of Zika.
This specific donation to the CDC is the first effort as part of the family company’s commitment to donate at least $15 million over the next year to provide products to help needy families combat the mosquitoes that may carry the Zika virus. The US CDC has been at the forefront of issuing educational resources about the Zika virus and continues to lead initiatives to address prevention needs throughout the U.S.
SC Johnson is the world’s largest manufacturer of insect repellent and household insecticides, including OFF!®, Raid®, Autan® and Baygon®. For more than 50 years, SC Johnson entomologists have studied insects at the Entomology Research Center in Racine, Wis., the biggest private, urban entomology research center in the world. In their research, they help SC Johnson create products that consumers can trust and to provide them with the right product for their pest control needs.