Prevalence of head louse
infestations and factors affecting the rate of infestation among primary schoolchildren in Paveh City, Kermanshah Province, Iran in the years 2009 to 2010.
Often there are no symptoms, although an itchy scalp can result from sensitivity to head louse
Humans are the sole hosts of the pubic louse (Pthirus pubis), the body louse (Pediculus humanus humanus), and the head louse
(Pediculus humanus capitis) (1).
"They can teach detection combing to individuals, to families and to groups of parents, children and staff and, if head louse
infection is diagnosed, they can advise on treatment."
The report, published in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, said that malathion, which is used in products such as Derbac-M and Prioderm, should now be used as the 'first line treatment for head louse
infection in Wales'.
The common head louse
, Pediculus humanus capitis, is the most prevalent parasitic infestation of humans in the United States and Europe.