The Ministry of Health says it has noted that certain individuals have circulated reports on social media indicating that conjunctivitis (‘red eye’) can be treated with aerosolised insecticides.
The Ministry is advising that there is no scientific merit to this claim.
The Ministry said that as such, these products should be used according to the directions of the manufacturer.
It says it must be noted that the use of pesticides inconsistent with that of the manufacturer’s direction is a breach of the Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Act 1979 and Regulations 1987.
The Ministry is also advising that the inappropriate use of pesticides can cause serious injury, harm or even death.