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Japanese mosquito coils taking bite out of malaria in Kenya

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By Kosei Nara

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the smoke can be irritating to some

Inhaled smoke of any variety is pretty damaging to the lungs and the rest of the body too when it enters the bloodstream. God only knows what an insecticide, albeit natural, does when added to the mix. Few people would sleep in a room with a smoker smoking all night but these coils are not much different.

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What a feel good story this is. Humanity helping each other.

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@Moonraker You don't have to burn it in your house! You can put it outside the entrance of your house! That's what I do!

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Moonraker

Few people would sleep in a room with a smoker smoking all night but these coils are not much different.

They are for outdoor use.

mountainpear

@Moonraker You don't have to burn it in your house! You can put it outside the entrance of your house! That's what I do!

That's what everybody, or almost everybody, does.

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Coils are for outdoor use only. We use sprays inside. Usually mint.

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Well, I don't use them at all but I have been to plenty of houses where people use them inside. In fact, when I was first in Japan almost 40 years ago, almost everybody did. But they also use kerosene heaters.

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I have found my electronic one invaluable during mosquito season.

Mine has killed pests I didn’t even know were in the room

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Inhaled smoke of any variety is pretty damaging to the lungs and the rest of the body too when it enters the bloodstream.

Compare the number of people who die annually of malaria in Africa with the tiny bump in lung cancer that burning katori senko might cause. If this can reduce malaria cases by even 1 or 2 percent, I’ll wager it’s still a net win.

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