Prevalence of pediculosis capitis among Korean children

Jeong Min Oh, In Yong Lee, Won Ja Lee, Min Seo, Sol Ah Park, Seung Hyun Lee, Jang Hoon Seo, Tai Soon Yong, Soon Jung Park, Myeong Heon Shin, Ki Soo Pai, Jae Ran Yu, Seobo Sim

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Pediculus humanus capitis is an ectoparasite, which causes scalp pruritus particularly among children. A total of 15,373 children including 8,018 boys and 7,355 girls from 26 primary schools and 15 kindergartens attached to the primary schools and a total of 33 children from an orphanage were examined for head lice infestation (HLI). The overall prevalence of HLI in this study was 4.1% including 3.7% of the urban areas and 4.7% of the rural areas. Head lice were found more frequently in girls than in boys with prevalence of 6.5% and 1.9%, respectively. The infestation rate by school grade was 3.2%, 4.7%, 4.2%, 5.0%, 4.9%, 3.8%, and 2.1% for kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grades, respectively. The infestation rate of the children in an orphanage was 66.7%. The prevalence of HLI has decreased especially in the rural areas. However, HLI is a still health problem of kindergarteners and primary schoolchildren in Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1415-1419
Number of pages5
JournalParasitology Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Nov

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Acknowledgments This work was supported by the second phase of the BK (Brain Korea) 21 Project in 2008 and the grand (2007-S1-M-001) from the National Institute of Health, Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Parasitology
  • General Veterinary
  • Insect Science
  • Infectious Diseases


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