Drugs and Disease as Mosquito Repellents in Man

Walter G. StraussDivision of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco, 94122

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Howard I. MaibachDivision of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco, 94122

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A. A. KhanDivision of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco, 94122

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Summary

Hospitalized patients with various diseases and taking various medications were surveyed for their attractiveness to mosquitoes by a mosquito-probing technique. No drug was found that induced unattractiveness, and no disease was associated with unattractiveness, with the possible exception of untreated myxedema. Vitamins, expecially B1, in biting and probing tests were found inactive systemic mosquito repellents.

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