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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO USE N,N-DIETHYL-META-TOLUAMIDE (DEET) DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET)

N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET) is the active ingredient in some insect repellants. DEET has been a subject of discussion in recent years in connection with pregnancy, because it is useful against the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries Zika virus and several other viral diseases. Pregnant women must use insect repellent in places were Zika-carrying mosquitos thrive, because Zika can do serious harm to the developing baby, but this has raised concerns about whether the repellants themselves also could pose some pregnancy risk.


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