Which infections may be transmitted by pediculosis and pthiriasis (lice infestation)?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Lyn C C Guenther, MD, FRCPC, FAAD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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There is no evidence indicating that any species of louse has the ability to transmit HIV. However, lice may carry S aureus and group A Streptococcus pyogenes on their surface and transmit these coagulase-positive pathogens to humans.


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