Efficacy of Advanced Odomos Repellent Cream (N, N-Diethyl-Benzamide) Against Mosquito Vectors (Report)

Efficacy of Advanced Odomos Repellent Cream (N, N-Diethyl-Benzamide) Against Mosquito Vectors (Report)

Several vector control measures such as chemical, biological, environmental and personal protection measures are taken to prevent transmission of malaria, dengue/dengue haemorrhagic fever and other mosquito-borne diseases. Personal protection is one of the established methods to prevent mosquito bites. Use of household mosquito repellents by individuals and communities also play an important role particularly against day-time biting mosquito species such as Aedes, the vector of dengue, dengue haemorrhagic fever and chikungunya and during dusk time against other mosquitoes including malaria vectors (1). Repellents that are currently available are either synthetic chemicals, such as DEET (N,N-diethyl-3-methyl benzamide, previously called N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide), or plant derived chemicals such as Citronella. DEET is the most effective and best studied insect repellent currently in the market (1-6). Although DEET is very good repellent, the non-availability of 3-methylbenzoic acid from indigenous sources has made it expensive chemical in India (7). The alternative, dimethylphthalate (DMP), also need to be replaced in India because of its low efficacy (7). In view of this, significant efforts have been made toward developing longer-lasting and/or more cosmetically accepted repellent products. In the present study, Advanced Odomos cream developed by M/s. Balsara Home Products Ltd. (now M/s. Dabur Research Foundation, Sahibabad, UP) was evaluated for its efficacy under laboratory and field conditions against Anopheles and Aedes mosquitoes. DEET was taken as gold standard for comparison. Material & Methods

Efficacy of Advanced Odomos Repellent Cream (N, N-Diethyl-Benzamide) Against Mosquito Vectors (Report)



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