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Head Lice

Head lice infestations: A persistent itchy 'pest'
Despite the availability of modern chemical insecticide treatments and community and school-based eradication programs, head lice (Pediculosis humanus capitis) remain endemic in Canada. In direct contrast to body lice, head lice are NOT responsible for the spread of any disease. Despite their medically benign nature, head lice infestations continue to cause considerable social distress. Given these concerns, this statement was developed by the Infectious Diseases and Immunization Committee of the Canadian Paediatric Society to update the previous statement on head lice published in 1985
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The Facts of Lice
Like everywhere else, there are head lice in Simcoe Muskoka. You may have received a letter from school, or a phone call to give you a "lice alert." You may feel angry, afraid, frustrated or itchy. Head lice cannot spread any disease and have nothing to do with being clean. But they can cause embarrassment and misunderstanding.

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