Zika at Walt Disney World
Hey Dad, what do you think about Zika at Walt Disney World? Should I worry about it?
***UPDATE: Since the Zika threat has subsided the resources mentioned here may not be available.
Dad's that's a good question Dad Answer
Dad asks Dad a question? That's a new one. Yes, I wanted to get this question and answer out there. The Zika virus is starting to get a lot of press, and a lot of people are asking questions about it, so I thought I'd jump in and tell you what I thought.
Yes, the Zika virus is scary especially to you ladies, but even for us guys. We are hearing lots of scary things about the Zika virus. There have even been a few cases in South Florida.
So, should we be worried about the Zika virus while we're at Walt Disney World?
Dad's lawyer says I have to make this disclaimer, Dad is not a immunologist, or an entomologist or any other kind of ologist and I didn't stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night. There Dad's lawyer guy. Are you happy now?
I may not know viruses or bugs, but I do know a whole lot about Walt Disney World. I know that they have pretty phenomenal pest control especially when it comes to mosquitoes. I don't ever remember getting a mosquito bite at Walt Disney World. It's probably happened, but I don't remember it. I certainly don't remember being bothered by swarms of mosquitoes.
I can also tell you that Disney is extremely conscious of things like the Zika virus. They are very careful and I'm sure they are tracking the progress of the virus. If any cases start popping up in Central Florida, they will go all out to make sure it doesn't hit WDW. Trust me.
As to the current state of Zika in Florida. According to the CDC (on February 15, 2016) there are 16 cases confirmed and all are travel related cases (meaning the person was infected somewhere else). There aren't any cases of people being locally infected anywhere in Florida.
There is also a Florida State hotline where you can get latest up to date information. The number is 855-622-6735.
Dad's Bottom Line
Yes, Dad, Zika is not something to be messed with, but it's also, at this time, not something to be too worried about. There's about as much chance of you getting Zika at Walt Disney World today as there is you winning the PowerBall.
If that changes, I'll let you know.
UPDATE on August 24, 2016 - there are now 14 cases of locally acquired Zika in Florida. All of those are in south Florida hundreds of miles from Orlando.