"SC Johnson is a vital partner to us in the Zika response," said Dr. Judith Monroe, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation. "Through this generous and essential donation, we are able to help protect people who are at most risk for Zika."
Local, non travel-related Zika virus infections have been reported in Florida in recent days.
"The people of SC Johnson are proud of the continuing partnership we've built with the CDC Foundation to help protect needy families in the U.S. and Puerto Rico from the mosquitoes that may carry Zika," said Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. "We were honored to be the first company to respond to the CDC earlier this year. This new donation will help the CDC extend their efforts to help prevent this devastating disease, particularly for pregnant women."
Earlier this year, SC Johnson sent an initial donation of 60,000 units of Off! personal repellentto the CDC for Zika prevention kits that were targeted to help pregnant women in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa. The kits included educational materials, products and tools to help prevent the contraction and transmission of Zika.
This donation is the latest announcement in SC Johnson's ongoing efforts to provide up to $15 million in resources globally to help protect against mosquitoes this year. To date, more than $7 million of OFF! products and financial donations have been provided to organizations to aid in mosquito protection around the world, especially those regions with high risk of Zika virus and dengue fever outbreaks.