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Pentagon: Don't Send Flea Collars!
By John Bacon with staff and wire reports
From USA Today, 04/24/03

The Pentagon is warning family members not to send U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf flea and tick collar designed for pets.  They don't get rid of sand fleas, and they can cause dangerous pesticides to be absorbed through the skin, said Army Maj. Dwight Rickard, contingency officer for the Armed Forces Pest Management Board.  Some soldiers have been asking family members to send them animal collars to wear over their boots, a common practice during the Persian Gulf War of 1991.  Despite previous warnings, some support groups still include the collars in care packages with lip balm, sunscreen and other items.

© Copyright 2003 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.

NPA Comment: The main ingredient in most flea collars is permethrin.  Permethrin is also the active ingredient in the majority of lice shampoos.  The Pentagon recognizes that exposure to this chemical can be hazardous!


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