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1 January 2014 Development and Evaluation of a Semifield Test for Repellent Efficacy Testing
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Estimation of the efficacy of mosquito repellents requires both laboratory and field tests. The results of field tests are more meaningful, but the safety of volunteers in such tests may be a significant concern. In the current study, we compared tests of mosquito repellent efficacy under semifield conditions in an outdoor enclosure with those under laboratory and field conditions. In this study, we assessed the efficacy of N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide under laboratory conditions with human volunteers and under semifield and field conditions with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention traps and experimental mice. A semifield test may be a suitable replacement for the more difficult field test for assessment of mosquito repellent efficacy. Semifield tests should be considered when developing new guidelines for testing.

© 2014 Entomological Society of America
Jong Kwang Yoon, Kang-Chang Kim, Yeon Dong Cho, Han Sam Cho, Yang-Won Lee, Mijeong Kim, Bo-Kyung Choi, Yu-Kyoung Oh, and Young Bong Kim "Development and Evaluation of a Semifield Test for Repellent Efficacy Testing," Journal of Medical Entomology 51(1), (1 January 2014). https://doi.org/10.1603/ME13081
Received: 16 April 2013; Accepted: 1 November 2013; Published: 1 January 2014
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