louse bite

louse bite

a minute puncture wound produced by a louse. The louse may transmit typhus, trench fever, and relapsing fever. Secondary infection may result from scratching the affected area. Head and body lice are the most common and are frequently found among schoolchildren. Washing and bathing, application of an approved insecticide, and the washing or cleaning of clothes and bed linens are recommended procedures for treatment and prophylaxis against spread of the infestation. See also pediculosis.
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No patients remembered a flea or louse bite, but they frequently reported seeing rats in the area.
He denied any history of hospitalization for a severe febrile illness and any exposure to louse bites.