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Lice (Pediculosis)


Head lice (Pediculus capitis) are small parasitic insects exquisitely adapted to living on the scalp and neck hairs of their human host. Their six impressive legs are elegantly evolved to grasp hair shafts and provide a striking example of biological specialization. Long associated with people, head lice have been recovered from prehistoric mummies.


Disease Reporting

Pediculosis is not a reportable condition. Cases may be subject to restrictions on school or day-care attendance. Check with your local school district or health department.

See Also

Lice information in Spanish