What is the global prevalence of pediculosis (lice infestation) in school children?

Updated: Aug 16, 2019
  • Author: Lyn C C Guenther, MD, FRCPC, FAAD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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In a study of 6,169 Belgian school children aged 2.5-12 years, the prevalence of head lice was 8.9%. [16] The prevalence in 1,569 school children in Izmir, Turkey, was 16.6%. [17] In 2005, the incidence of pediculosis doubled in the Czech Republic. [18] Live lice were detected in 14.1% and dead nits in another 9.8% of 531 children aged 6-15 years in 16 schools. [18]

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