An Update On The Zika Virus: Is It Still Out There?

Zika was THE thing you read about in terms of travel during the summer months of 2016. Spread primarily by Aedes mosquitoes that bit during the daytime, the symptoms of the virus, if they had any at all, were relatively mild for most people – just a few days of fever, rash, conjunctivitis (“pink eye”), muscle and joint pain, malaise (a general sense of feeling unwell, often with fatigue) and/or headache.

But if you contracted the Zika virus while pregnant, you ran the risk of your child having severe birth defects that included microcephaly (smaller than normal head, and intellectual disabilities) and other disabilities.

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Nearly 85 countries, mainly in South and Central America, but also some in Southeast Asia, as well as several states in the U.S. reported incidents of Zika that year, and it with the number of cases, it was considered an epidemic.

Transmission dropped significantly during the summers of 2017 and 2018, but cases continued each year – just at a lower level.

And then we come to the summer of 2019…

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Ever Notice There Are Hardly Any Mosquitoes At WDW? Here’s Why

Mosquitoes are nasty little bugs that latch onto you, suck your blood and leave you with an itchy welt for days on end. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), they’re also one of the deadliest animals in the world and can potentially spread a wide variety of diseases that can run the gamut from hurting you to causing birth defects to killing you.

Mosquitoes like to breed in stagnant water and Florida has a whole, WHOLE lot of swampland so the mosquito issue is pretty bad here in the Sunshine State. Walt Disney World (WDW) is, of course, in the business of guest experience so it’s to their advantage to minimize the number of mosquitoes that are on their nearly 25,000 acres of property, much of which is, of course, swampland. And they proactively do a really good job of it. Here’s how:

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Did You Know All These Great Things WDW Does To Save Energy & Help The Environment?

The Walt Disney Company has always been a master of innovation. From the first feature-length animated movie to the first theme park made for families to enjoy together, they’ve been ahead of the curve for almost 100 years. So it should be no surprise that they’re doing all sorts of things in their theme parks to make their carbon footprint smaller and inventing and using alternative methods of energy to run their parks. Here are some examples:

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