Back To School is Head Lice Season

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Head lice and going back to school go hand in hand.

It is back to school time in Ottawa and the last thing you need is head lice. As most parents are aware that these little pest always spread around this time of year.

This year it has been reported that a news breed of lice has been confirmed in the lower southeast.

As your children go through the meet and greet session of their first days back in class they could be passing along a new nuisance, the Super Lice.

In 2016, an infestation of super lice was discovered in a Brevard County Public School children in Titusville, Florida.

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, a infestation of head lice is most commonly found among preschool children attending childcare, elementary school children, and the family members of infested children.

Although reliable data on exactly how many people in the United States get infested with head lice each year are not readily available, but the CDC estimates 6 million to 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States among children of 3 to 11 years of age.

Scientists have discovered that the lice populations in 42 states have mutated into a strain of lice that have developed a resistance to most otc treatments that are widely recommended by most doctors and schools.

Researchers have also found that 137 out of the 138 lice populations tested in 48 states have high levels of some gene mutations and they have been linked to the growing resistance to pyrethroids.

Pyrethroids are a family of standard insecticides that are used  indoors and outdoors to control mosquitoes and other common insects. That includes permethrin, the active ingredient in most common lice treatments sold at stores.

How Head Lice Is Commonly Spread

Head lice move by crawling; they cannot hop or fly.

Head lice are spread by direct contact with the hair of an infected person.

Anyone who comes in head-to-head contact with someone who already has head lice is at greatest risk.

Spread by contact with clothing such as hats, scarves, coats or other personal items such as combs, brushes, or towels used by an infested person is very uncommon and mostly urban myths.

Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.

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