The prevalence of lice infesting students of primary, preparatory and secondary schools in Cairo, Egypt

Morsy, T.A.; el-Ela, R.G.; Mawla, M.Y.; Khalaf, S.A.

Journal of the Egyptian Society of Parasitology 31(1): 43-50

2001


ISSN/ISBN: 1110-0583
PMID: 12557928
Document Number: 7871
Human lice (head and body) are among the arthropod-ectoparasites of worldwide distribution. Examining students in primary, preparatory and secondary schools recorded prevalence rates of 21.86%, 30.38% and 12.94% respectively. The overall rate of the lice infestation in the three schools was 384 out of 1772 or 21.67%. The prevalence rate of lice infestation among males and females were 17.02% & 37.8% (primary school), 27.8% & 33.1% (preparatory school), and 12.0% & 13.9% (secondary school). These totaled 17.7% (males) and 30.26% (females). The overall ratio of head to body lice was 18.2:1. Consequently, lice mainly the head louse, are still a public health problem particularly among female students in the primary and preparatory schools. In the secondary school prevalence rate of the lice infestation was low. So human lice is still a community health problem.

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The prevalence of lice infesting students of primary, preparatory and secondary schools in Cairo, Egypt