Public health statement : DEET (N,N-Diethyl-meta-Toluamide)
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Public health statement : DEET (N,N-Diethyl-meta-Toluamide)

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    This Public Health Statement summarizes the Division of Toxicology and Human Health Science’s findings on DEET, tells you about it, the effects of exposure, and describes what you can do to limit that exposure.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identifies the most serious hazardous waste sites in the nation. These sites make up the National Priorities List (NPL) and are targeted for long-term federal clean-up activities. U.S. EPA has found DEET in at least 2 of the 1,699 current or former NPL sites.

    The total number of NPL sites evaluated for DEET is not known. But the possibility remains that as more sites are evaluated, the sites at which DEET is found may increase. This information is important because these future sites may be sources of exposure, and exposure to DEET may be harmful.

    If you are exposed to DEET released from a large source, many factors determine whether you’ll be harmed. These include how much you are exposed to (dose), how long you are exposed (duration), and how you are exposed (route of exposure). You must also consider the other chemicals you are exposed to and your age, sex, diet, family traits, lifestyle, and state of health.


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