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Iowa Policy Change

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa Some Iowa schools are listening to research that says that, although unpleasant, head lice appears to be much less transmittable than once believed  and officials are allowing students battling the tiny insects to remain in the classroom. Traditionally students have been advised to stay out of class for days or more than a week during an infestation.

In November, the Iowa City school district changed its guidelines.

Officials there say they haven't seen an increase in cases since allowing students with live head lice  kids who have been treated with medicated shampoo  to remain in class.

Officials in the Cedar Rapids school district are considering a similar revision to health guidelines.

Copyright 2005 Associated Press.


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