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Ann Med Res. 2004; 11(1): 11-13

Investigation of Prevalence of Pediculus capitis in Students at Two Primary Schools in Malatya

Nilgün Daldal*, Metin Atambay*, Özlem M. Aycan*, Ülkü Karaman*, Yasemin Ersoy**




Pediculus spp. are the oldest parasites which are found in people. Parasite is cosmopolite and ubiquitous especially

in the places with bad hygienic conditions P.h.capitis lives its all life phases in humans hairy skin. The sources of

parasites are the pediculus infected people.

In the study, two primary school students in Malatya were examined in order to determine the P.h.capitis prevalence.

P.h.capitis eggs were found in %1 of total 1482 primary school students aged 5-14 between November and

December 2000.

Our results indicate the necessity of health education about hygienic rules, infection and protection of especially

primary school students, their parents, teacher, managers and other staff and also it would be effective to find and

cure infected people during the regular health checks to prevent the disease.

Key Words: Pediculus humanus capitis, Primary School Students, Malatya

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