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Graphene to Fight Mosquitoes — What Are the Risks?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Graphene, a carbon-based nanomaterial, is often described as a “wonder material”
  • It’s lightweight, flexible, invisible to the naked eye and strong, and also is an efficient conductor of heat and electricity, with antibacterial properties
  • Graphene works to prevent mosquito bites, deterring them by acting as both a mechanical and chemical barrier, provided it’s dry (when wet, mosquitoes weren’t deterred by graphene)
  • There are concerns graphene could be inhaled, enter cells and pose respiratory and other health and environmental effects
  • There’s not enough information to accurately assess whether or not graphene — and its many variations — is safe for human health and the environment

Blood-sucking insects like mosquitoes are among the most dangerous disease transmitters in the world. Vector-borne diseases, which include malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and others, cause more than 700,000 deaths worldwide each year, accounting for more than 17% of all infectious disease globally.

According to the World Health Organization, malaria alone, which is transmitted by the Anopheles mosquito, kills 400,000 people annually, most of them children under 5. In the U.S., mosquito bites can transmit viruses like West Nile, St. Louis encephalitis and La Crosse encephalitis, which in rare cases can be severe or deadly.

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