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Prevalence of infestation with head lice Pediculus humanus capitis (de Geer) in primary school children in the centre of Erbil City, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2017
Authors:K. N. Khidhir, Mahmood, C. K., K. Wand, A.
Journal:Iraq Pakistan Entomologist
ISSN:1017-1827 (print), 2521-5922 (online)
Keywords:Irag, Prevalence Erbil, school children

The prevalence of Pediculus humanus capitis were investigated in three selected primary-school children age ranged fro 6 to 11 years located in Erbil city, Kurdistan region - Trag. Overal 3,490 students (14.52%) were found infested with nits, immature or adults. There was no significant difference in the prevalence between girls (28.03%) and boys (1.98%) but there was a significant difference for long hairs (24.83%) and short hairs (10.78%). Smoth hairs (9.80%) and wrinkled hairs (28.31%) traits as well as between children of different age groups and the studied months in which highest ratio of infestation was seen in December (19.91%) and the lowest ration in April (11.60%) with significant difference between the period of study in months.

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