HEAD LICE

Chances are that if you are reading this, someone in your family has head lice, or you are worried about getting it. You may be upset or concerned, and that is understandable. Head lice are a nuisance, but they are not dangerous and do not spread disease. Head lice are found almost exclusively on the scalp, particularly around and behind the ears and near the neckline at the back of the head, although they can also be found on the eyebrows and eyelashes. These lice feed on human blood and don’t survive long if they fall off of a person and cannot feed. Infestation occurs from close person to person contact– lice move by crawling and cannot hop or fly. Dogs, cats and pets do not play a role in the spread of head lice. Lice are not known to spread disease. Head lice are a community occurrence; schools provide information and tend to be the place of identification.

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