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  • BruceMoon

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    Hi, fellow travellers

    I was confronted with a dilemma regarding mosquito repellant. Here, in Australia, DEET is no longer readily available.

    I did a bit of research, and posted on the 'Health' page. Today I discovered some alarming facts about DEET.

    You may also be interested:

    http://www.travelfish.org/board/post/travelhealth/3962_deet-or-picaridn-

    Cheers

    #1 Posted: 6/6/2009 - 05:54

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  • daawgon

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    Do you have the new Off Clip-on product Downunder yet? Nothing is applied to the skin:

    http://offprotects.com/clip-on-mosquito-repellent/

    #2 Posted: 6/6/2009 - 13:04

  • daawgon

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    I should have added that the product mentioned above is now being advertised in the USA

    #3 Posted: 6/6/2009 - 13:09

  • BruceMoon

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    daawgon

    This product is 'released' via a battery operated fan device so that the active ingredient 'envelops' the human.

    Did you look at the toxicology for the active ingredient: metofluthrin?

    The active ingredient is a known neurotoxicant (meaning it affects the neural pathways).

    According to the release notes published by USEPA:

    http://www.epa.gov/opprd001/factsheets/metofluthrin.pdf

    The drug company accepts that "Metofluthrin, like other pyrethroids, is neurotoxic... Although metofluthrin is a neurotoxicant, a developmental neurotoxicity (DNT) study is not necessary at this time. ...only short-term exposure scenarios were considered ...use frequency was 12 applications per year.

    So, the drug company says it's Ok for a couple of hours a day, limited to 12 times a year.

    And, given that pregnant women may use it, no reproductive studies were undertaken!!!

    The product advertising (as per your link) shows a hazard warning:

    Caution-Hazards to humans and domestic animals:

    * Harmful if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin.
    * Avoid contact with skin, eyes or clothing.
    * Avoid breathing vapor.
    * Wash thoroughly with soap and water after handling and before eating, drinking, chewing gum or using tobacco.
    * Remove and wash contaminated clothing before reuse.
    * Store away from food, beverages and pet food.
    * Do not use indoors or in enclosed spaces.
    * Do not touch device with metal instruments or wet hands.
    * Do not allow materials of any kind to cover the unit while it is in use.


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    Sounds like a great product (NOT!).

    Cheers

    #4 Posted: 6/6/2009 - 13:35

  • daawgon

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    Bruce - thank you for doing the research that I should have done!

    #5 Posted: 8/6/2009 - 02:52

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