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Kao's mosquito repellent for Southeast Asia taps cosmetics tech

Product gets insects to fly away without using volatile chemicals

Southeast Asian governments look to prevent cases of dengue fever, one of the diseases spread by mosquitoes.

BANGKOK -- Kao has debuted a mosquito repellent in Thailand by applying technologies used in cosmetics to prompt the insects to fly away as soon as they land on the skin, the Japanese company said Wednesday.

The new cream is made from low-viscosity silicone oil, commonly used in cosmetics. When a mosquito lands on skin that has the product applied, it senses danger and flees, according to the company. The number of mosquito bites was reduced by 74% in Kao's tests.

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