Mosquito repellant sales boom in Brazil amid Zika scare

February 5, 2016 5:14 AM

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Mosquito repellant sales boom in Brazil amid Zika scare

RIO DE JANEIRO Fear of the mosquito-borne Zika virus has Brazilians rushing to buy repellant, creating a shortage of some brands on pharmacy shelves and boosting sales for the industry - a trend some producers are preparing for elsewhere as the outbreak spreads.

Following the detection of Zika in April, sales of repellant in Brazil rose by one-third last year, according to consumer research firm Nielsen, doubling revenue for the sector to $55.7 million. Buying was also spurred by an increase in cases of dengue, another virus spread by the Aedes aegypti mosq...

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