Insecticides

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General Principles

Insecticides are critical tools for combating insect-borne illness. In the United States, Aedes spp. of mosquitoes have migrated as far up as New York State and are the vectors of dengue, Zika, West Nile, and yellow fever. Cases of dengue and Zika have been reported in Florida and the public health impact of these diseases warrants serious prevention measures. Per the Word Health Organization, vector-borne illnesses cause over 700,000 preventable deaths per year.1

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General Principles

Insecticides are critical tools for combating insect-borne illness. In the United States, Aedes spp. of mosquitoes have migrated as far up as New York State and are the vectors of dengue, Zika, West Nile, and yellow fever. Cases of dengue and Zika have been reported in Florida and the public health impact of these diseases warrants serious prevention measures. Per the Word Health Organization, vector-borne illnesses cause over 700,000 preventable deaths per year.1

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