incognito® spray, roll-on and suncream all contain a formulation that is clinically proven to protect against malaria when used in conjunction with an impregnated mosquito net.
This is based on research carried out by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, funded by the Gates Malarial Partnership that was published in the British Medical Journal, on our active ingredient: PMD (rich botanic oil). In the clinical study on 4008 people in the Bolivian Amazon malaria was virtually eradicated; by more than 98% as you can read here
Consequently, British Trading Standards, along with various other UK bodies, have approved the claim: clinically proven to protect against malaria when used in conjunction with an impregnated mosquito net. This is printed on each individual bottle for sale in the UK.
We also supply long lasting impregnated (LLI) bed nets as well as non-impregnated for disease-free areas.
There are no vaccines to prevent Dengue Fever and other insect-borne diseases and no anti-malarial drug is 100% effective. Insects have built up a resistance to toxic chemicals like DEET too. As far as we are aware no other mosquito or insect repellent is clinically proven to protect against malaria.
Incognito spray® and Suncream offers proven protection against malaria and other biting and stinging insects, but of course it is up to you to take anti-malarial tablets and other repellents as well.
Founder of incognito Howard Carter’s story
Founder of incognito® Howard Carter caught malaria on a trip to India in 1997 despite taking DEET-based insect repellent and anti-malaria tablets.
When Howard went to India, he felt pretty safe and secure: “I was a bit nervous of catching malaria, so I went along to a travel clinic and the doctor recommended I take a malaria prophylactic as well as all the usual shots like typhoid," he says. He used the DEET-based insect repellent recommended to him when he travelled to Cochin, Kerala, for New Year – a low risk malarial area at a low risk time of year.
On New Year’s Day, Howard and his partner had dinner outside in the tropical evening. She gestured him to look down at his shirt – it was in shreds. The DEET had dissolved his shirt and he had received many mosquito bites. "I believe mosquitoes have built up resistance to many pesticides such as DEET and it no longer affords 100% protection,” he says.
The bites itched like mad – but worse than that, he soon found he had contracted malaria. And on the New Year bank holiday weekend there was no doctor available.
Howard had a nightmare 1,000 mile journey including a flight back to Mumbai to receive medical treatment. He was delirious with a high temperature of 103 degrees, hot and cold sweats, vomiting and diarrhea.
Howard says: "I was sure it was malaria and had to press the doctor on this as he was convinced it was something else. If malaria is treated within two weeks it does not re-occur. I consider myself lucky that they caught it in time."
The best cure is prevention: incognito® is born.
"Like all other mosquito borne diseases; the best cure is prevention. So, the seed was firmly planted in my mind that I was going to find something that really worked against all mosquitoes and was safe for humans along with the environment; thus incognito® was born."
"It has taken me over 10 years to develop a spray this strong and I am very proud that it is helping people all over the world. It has been a long journey but worth every step of the way. Now I can go into a jungle and not get any bites thanks to incognito® and my research," says Howard.
"When I look back now, I really didn’t have a clue about many things, including how to protect myself from mosquitoes. Sure, I took along maximum strength DEET, wristbands and a torch, but what I really needed was a good mosquito net; nothing that you put on or plug in will protect you all night from getting bitten."
The incognito® anti-mosquito spray is 100% effective against mosquitoes and clinically proven to protect against malaria, when used in conjunction with an impregnated mosquito net.
Bite Prevention Expert - Howard Carter
With a huge increase in biting insects now in the UK due to climate change, Howard Carter, incognito's expert in bite prevention, talks to the BBC about the current risk from biting insects and how to prevent being bitten.
Tune in below to listen to the some of the insightful discussions