|Publication Type:||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication:||2001|
|Authors:||C. N. Burkhart, Burkhart C. G.|
|Journal:||Journal of Medical Entomology|
|Pagination:||127 - 129|
|Keywords:||animals, humans, Insect Control, insecticide, Lice Infestations/epidemiology/prevention & control, Ovum, Pediculus|
Pediculosis capitis is a prevalent and highly communicable condition infesting millions of elementary school students annually. Topical insecticides are the present standard treatment for this condition. Because resistance of head lice to insecticides is a growing concern, assessment of efficacy of pediculicidal and ovicidal activity of the various agents is needed for public health interests. Given the number of anecdotal and market-driven reported studies, assessment of topical lice therapies requires standardized testing. Evaluations based on adaptations of World Health Organization guidelines are not ideal, whereas a protocol reflecting clinical exposure to insecticides is preferable.
Recommendation to standardize pediculicidal and ovicidal testing for head lice (Anoplura: Pediculidae)