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Pick Your Bug Sprays Wisely

Be careful with those containing DEET

Almost every guide to summer includes warnings to avoid mosquito bites, particularly with the West Nile virus spreading along the East Coast.

The typical method to avoid bites is to use an insect repellant that includes the chemical DEET.

But health officials say use DEET with caution. The Michigan Department of Agriculture says exposure to high levels of DEET produces headaches, restlessness, crying spells, staggering, abnormally rapid breathing and convulsions. Children should only use products with low levels of DEET.

If you experience any of the symptoms, stop using the product and contact your doctor.

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