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Re: Deet....

Posted by Jon on August 9, 2009, 10:42 pm, in reply to "Deet...."

DEET was banned in the US for a number of years because one person in a million or two suffer almost immediate liver failure and die within a short time of applying it. Then the CDC said that failure to use DEET was causing the deaths of many many more people due to diseases caused by mosquito bites. This soon after Hurricane Katrina. So one can once again buy 100% DEET, usually Ben's brand, in the US. Mexico banned DEET from the start then, when the US reinstated it with support from some reasonably well-designed and conducted studies, they decided to allow DEET in repelentes, but only up to 30% content. So if you want Ben's 100% DEET, you have to get a friend to bring it down to you. And the "watered-down" Mexican Ben's is not easy to find, either. I think it is still available in Guadalajara in some high-end sports emporiums. Mexico has been very responsible and careful about this whole issue. Unfortunately, it is a health-risk trade-off, so decision-makers will always be criticized and "wrong." BTW, we have it but don't use it.

Also, DEET has nothing to do with the camionetas spraying around town. Still, we are in the dark and suspicious of what they are using.

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