EPA: DEET repellents more effective against dengue fever

by Ko Lin

The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) advised the public Wednesday to use only government-approved mosquito repellents containing DEET (diethyltoluamide) for prevention against the ongoing dengue fever epidemic in Taiwan.

“Repellents containing DEET can provide longer hours of protection against insect bites,” an official from the EPA said.

The agency also pointed out that for direct application on the skin, use only DEET repellents certified with a Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) logo, whereas when used on your surrounding quarters (window screens, mosquito nettings, tents), there are EPA-approved DEET repellents specific for those kinds of uses.

In order to assist consumers purchase the right types of DEET repellents owing to their variety of choices available on the market today, the agency said it will include those approved for use with imprinted logos pertaining to “For skin use” or “For non-skin applications.”

Dengue is an illness caused by a virus that is spread through mosquito bites. Symptoms include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, and pain in the eyes, joints, and muscles.

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