Which insect repellents should we choose? Implications from results of local market survey and review of current guidelines

@article{Lo2018WhichIR,
  title={Which insect repellents should we choose? Implications from results of local market survey and review of current guidelines},
  author={Wai Ling Lo and Ka Leung Mok and Stephanie Dorothy Yu Pui Ming},
  journal={Hong Kong Journal of Emergency Medicine},
  year={2018},
  volume={25},
  pages={272 - 280}
}
Mosquito-borne diseases are global problems. The use of topical insect repellents is a key measure recommended by health authorities to prevent mosquito-borne diseases. Despite more than a hundred commercial products available in the market, there are relatively few active ingredients used across these formulations. The most common active components are diethyltoluamide, picaridin, p-menthane-3,8-diol, ethyl butylacetylaminopropionate (IR3535) and a range of plant-derived products. Research has… 
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