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Japan's insect repellents will have stronger bite next year

Japan's health ministry is looking to approve stronger, longer-lasting insect repellents.

TOKYO -- Japan's three leading makers of insecticides are preparing to offer repellents with up to triple the potency on the domestic market amid growing public concern over mosquito-borne illnesses such as Zika and dengue fever.

Most insect repellents in Japan are based on DEET or icaridin. But the strongest versions are either 12% DEET -- compared with 30% overseas -- or 5% icaridin, compared with 15% overseas.

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