S.C. Johnson fighting on the front lines of Zika - from Wisconsin

MOUNT PLEASANT -- As most of South and Central America deals with the Zika virus, a major effort to fight the epidemic is taking shape in Racine County.

S.C. Johnson, one of the largest employers in the area, is the largest producer of the popular bug spray, "OFF!". The product, which specializes in repelling mosquitos, is going to be the main ammunition in preventing the spread of Zika.

"The main ingredient, deet, it confuses the mosquito," Michelle Johnson, S.C. Johnson's Director of Public Affairs, tells TODAY'S TMJ4. "If the mosquito can't bite you, the mosquito can't infect you."

The OFF! products, usually produced on lines that operate 24 hours a day for five days a week, are now operating on a 24/7 schedule to meet demand. Daily, the lines can now produce up to 360,000 aerosol cans of OFF! per day.

"Argentina and Brazil demand is up 400% TO 600%." Johnson adds. "In the southern part of the U.S., just in January demand is up 43%."

S.C. Johnson is also donating $15 million to Zika affected areas, especially in Latin America.
 

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