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August 16, 2000

Garlic as an Insect Repellent

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;284(7):831. doi:10.1001/jama.284.7.827

To the Editor: Lyme borreliosis is the most common vector-borne disease in Sweden, and as many as 10,000 individuals are thought to be affected each year.1 Recent studies have suggested that individual variability in vector attachment may be linked to different body odors.2,3 Other studies suggested that diethyltoluamide is the best repellent against insect vectors and permethrin against ticks, in particular. However, insect repellents may have adverse effects on humans and animals.4