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California Advocates Statewide
Head Lice Control Guidelines

Removal of lice and their eggs is the most important measure


Not only did California become the first state in the union to ban lindane for use for lice and scabies, but now it also appears that the California Department of Health is the first to advocate a statewide policy emphasizing removal of lice and nits as the most important lice control measure.

Stan Husted, MPH., Senior Public Health Biologist in Vector-Borne Disease, reports that combing of all lice and nits is the treatment of choice for parents.  The guidelines emphasize the responsible use of treatment products and thorough daily removal of lice and their eggs (nits).  This public health standard comes just after a recent study published in the December issue of the British Medical Journal providing the evidence that combing is superior to visual examination for accurately identifying head lice infestations as early as possible.



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