Toxic effects of mosquito coil (a mosquito repellent) smoke on rats. I. Properties of the mosquito coil and its smoke

W. K. Liu*, Ming Hung WONG, Y. L. Mui

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Abstract

The physical and chemical properties of the mosquito coil, a commonly used mosquito repellent in Asia and South America, were analysed. The smoke emitted from the burning mosquito coil consists of submicron particles (diameter less than 1 μm) coated with a considerable amount of heavy metals, allethrin and a wide range of organic vapors, such as phenol and o-cresol. Therefore, a lengthy exposure to this smoke will cause adverse effects on the consumers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-230
Number of pages8
JournalToxicology Letters
Volume39
Issue number2-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1987

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Toxicology

User-Defined Keywords

  • insecticide
  • Mosquito coil smoke
  • organic vapor

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