Infestation of people with lice in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Nepal

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2004
Authors:S. Kanta S. Poudel, Barker S. C.
Journal:Medical and Veterinary Entomology
Pagination:212 - 213
Date Published:2004
ISBN Number:0269-283X
Keywords:adolescent, adult, animals, child, Child, Preschool, homeless, humans, Lice Infestations/epidemiology, Nepal/epidemiology, Pediculus, prevalence, Pthirus, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

The prevalence of infestation with head lice and body lice, Pediculus spp. (Phthiraptera: Pediculidae) and pubic (crab) lice Pthirus pubis (L.) (Phthiraptera: Pthiridae), was recorded from 484 people in Nepal. The prevalence of head lice varied from 16% in a sample of people aged 10-39 years of age, to 59% in street children. Simultaneous infestations with head and body lice (double infestations) varied from 18% in slum children to 59% in street children.

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