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CBS News Reports Deet Considered Safe Repellent Amidst Zika Virus Concerns[VIDEO]

There are currently 17 cases of the zika virus that experts believe were contracted in the Miami-Dade area of Florida. With the concerns over the spread of the virus rising; CBS news reports on whether or not Deet is a safe repellent with a focus on pregnant women.

CBS News Zika on Safety of Deet

CBS news reports on the safety of Deet for pregnant women.

Interesting to note; an increase in the percentage of deet does not improve how effective the repellent is. An increase in deet percentage increases how long the repellent will last. Use this chart as a reference.

Deet Repellent Reference

Protection Times of Tested Mosquito Repellents.
Products Active Ingredient Average Complete Protection Time
OFF! Deep Woods 23.8% DEET 5 hours
Sawyer Controlled 20% DEET 4 hours
OFF! Skintastic 6.65% DEET 2 hours
Repel Lemon Eucalyptus
Insect Repellent Oil of lemon eucalyptus; p-menthane 3,8-diol (PMD) 2 hours
Bite Blocker for Kids 2% Soybean Oil 1.5 hours
OFF! Skintastic for Kids 4.75% DEET 1.5 hours
Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard 7.5% IR3535 23 minutes
Natrapel 10% Citronella 20 minutes
Herbal Armor 12% Citronella; 2.5% peppermint oil; 2% cedar oil; 1% lemongrass oil; 0.05% geranium oil 19 minutes
Green Ban for People 10% Citronella; 2% peppermint oil 14 minutes
Buzz Away 5% Citronella 14 minutes
Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard 0.1% Citronella 10 minutes
Skin-So-Soft Bath Oil Active Ingredient not known 10 minutes
Skin-So-Soft Moisturizing 0.05% Citronella 3 minutes
Gone Original Wristband 9.5% DEET 0
Repello Wristband 9.5% DEET 0
Gone Plus Repelling band 25% Citronella 0

1. This document is ENY-671, one of a series of the Entomology and Nematology Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date July 2002. Revised July 2014. Visit the EDIS website at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu.
2. C. Roxanne Rutledge and Jonathan F. Day, professors at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, Entomology and Nematology Department, UF/IFAS Extension, Vero Beach, FL 32962.
The use of trade names in this publication is solely for the purpose of providing specific information. UF/IFAS does not guarantee or warranty the products named, and references to them in this publication do not signify our approval to the exclusion of other products of suitable composition.

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