Zika alert prompts bug spray maker to become Australia Olympics sponsor

February 3, 2016 5:54 AM

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Zika alert prompts bug spray maker to become Australia Olympics sponsor

SYDNEY A small Australian maker of bug sprays became an unlikely beneficiary of the mosquito-borne Zika virus outbreak this week when the country's Olympic team signed it up as its first official insect repellent sponsor.

As authorities around the world scramble to contain the virus declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization, Melbourne-based Juno Laboratories Pty Ltd said it would supply 1,000 tubes of its Bushman "Heavy Duty" repellent gel for Australians at the Rio de Janeiro games in August.

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