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Medical News and Perspectives
June 1, 2005

CDC: New Repellents for West Nile Fight

JAMA. 2005;293(21):2583. doi:10.1001/jama.293.21.2583

Two new mosquito repellents have been added to the arsenal of chemicals recommended for US consumers to protect against West Nile virus infection, which can cause death or neurological disease in vulnerable individuals.

With the West Nile virus now established in every contiguous state except Washington, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are hoping to boost repellent use by recommending picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus (in addition to previously recommended DEET) as effective active ingredients in repellents.

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