Each year, almost 700 million people suffer from mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria, West Nile, Zika and dengue fever. Together these diseases are responsible for about 1 million deaths per year. But now a new class of mosquito repellents is being developed, based on naturally occurring compounds that are effective in repelling the bugs, including those that are resistant to pyrethroid insecticides and repellents. Such repellents could present fewer environmental side effects than current products.
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Joel Coats and his team at Iowa State University are behind this new class of mosquito repellents. He presented his findings at the 256th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in Boston.