(head lice infestation)
Pediculosis is an infestation of head lice infect the
head and neck and attach their eggs to the base of the hair shaft. Lice
move by crawling and cannot hop or fly. The lice feed on human blood which can cause severe local
itching. Head lice infestation is spread most commonly by close person-to-person contact. Dogs, cats, and other pets do not play a role in the
transmission of human lice.
Both over the counter and prescription medications are
available for treatment of head lice infestations.
- head lice fact sheet -
A public health guide:
Prevention, Control and Treatment of Head Lice Infestations in Schools
Local Health Departments - Regional offices - Tribal agencies
March 04, 2014