Mexican Students Devise Natural Mosquito Repellent to Avert Zika Virus

Mexican Students Devise Natural Mosquito Repellent to Avert Zika Virus

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Students at Oaxaca University in Mexico are preparing to market CitroRepel; a repellent made from natural ingredients that will protect Latin Americans from mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus, as well as chikungunya, and dengue.

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Consisting of essential oils, alcohol, distilled water, and glycerine, the concoction will be marketed in Mexico City where high temperatures and humidity create ideal living conditions for the Aedes aegypti mosquito which is a carrier that may cause any of the three illnesses.

Their product combines orange peel, lavender flowers and lemon grass – which contain the essential oils and compounds of citronella, limonene and linalool, according to Mexico News Daily.

Marketing plans are currently underway, and because of the rapid spread of the Zika virus, the college students plan on making the environmentally friendly repellent 60% more affordable than competing sprays so that all citizens of Oaxaca can be protected.

Photo (top) Oaxaca University; (home) Judith511, CC

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