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Head Lice

  • By: Gautam J. Desai D.O. & Karen H. Wendel
  • In: Encyclopedia of Global Health
  • Edited by: Yawei Zhang
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Health Education & Health Promotion

Three species of lice (small, wingless insects) infest hu-mans—Pediculus humanus capitis (head lice), Pediculus humanus corpus (body lice) and Phthirus pubis (pubic lice). Many treatments exist, and patients need to ensure removal of the lice from hair as well as clothing.

Lice live and reproduce only on humans, transmitted by person-to-person ...

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