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93 Percent of Brazilians say they are worried about dengue, Zika and chikungunya

Survey commissioned by SC Johnson shows that, although nearly 2 out of 3 people were being more careful with COVID-19, consumers are still aware they should continue to protect themselves from mosquito-borne diseases

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, January 26, 2020 – SC Johnson today announced results of a recent survey that highlights Brazilian behaviors regarding protection from mosquito-borne diseases. With summer underway, increasing temperatures and rainy days lead to the proliferation of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. 93 percent of Brazilians affirmed that they are worried about diseases transmitted by mosquitos, such as dengue, Zika and chikungunya.

The study also shows that although nearly 2 out of 3 people – 63 percent – responded that they were being more careful with COVID-19, during the pandemic, 74 percent consider themselves well-informed when it comes to protection from diseases transmitted by mosquitos. 

“It is good to see that, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, people have not forgotten that mosquito-borne diseases also remain a serious concern”, said Tatiana Ganem, General Manager of SC Johnson Brazil. “It is important for people to take appropriate measures throughout the year to protect themselves from mosquitos.” 

Additional Insights
The survey also revealed what Brazilians think about in protecting themselves from mosquitos and the diseases they may carry. 

  • 88 percent of Brazilians do not leave standing water in buckets, gutters, bottles, drains and tanks;

  • 48 percent of Brazilians usually use repellents at home;

  • 42 percent of Brazilians buy repellents at least once a month – that number increases to 47 percent among consumers living with children under 18 at home and to 50 percent among Brazilians between 36 and 45 years.

Education and Awareness
Brazilians are concerned with getting dengue, Zika and chikungunya. The survey also reveals that respondents want more information to help protect themselves and their families from mosquitos. SC Johnson, a family company at work for a better world, is committed to helping protect families from mosquitos and diseases they may carry.

  • 62 percent of Brazilians say they do not usually use repellent to go outdoors;

  • 40 percent of Brazilians only use repellents during times that are most prone to outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases;

  • 26 percent of Brazilians consider themselves not well-informed about mosquito-borne diseases;

  • 5 percent of Brazilians answered they were being less careful with mosquito-borne diseases during the pandemic.

“Our commitment at SC Johnson is to help keep families protected from mosquitos, not only during outbreaks, but throughout the year,” said Ganem. “This is especially important as we continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil.”

*SC Johnson commissioned an online survey of 1,000 adults in Brazil. This survey was fielded between September 9-15, 2020. The margin of error for this study (n=1,000) is +/-3.1% at the 95% confidence level.