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Insect repellent efficacy

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DEET-containing insect repellents protect against mosquito bites for longer duration than botanical and "alternative" repellants currently available, Mark Fradin, MD, says in July 4 New England Medical Journal. S.C. Johnson's OFF! Deep Woods, formulated with 23.8% DEET, provided average of 301.5 minutes of protection, while OFF!Skintastic for Kids with 4.75% DEET protected for 88 minutes, study shows. In comparison, Avon's Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard Plus, made with 7.5% IR3535, protected for average of 22.9 minutes. Other Skin-So-Soft formulations appeared to provide even less protection. Study reviewed six DEET repellents against 10 alternative formulations...

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