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Brief Communication
Korean J Parasitol. 1995 Mar;33(1):69-71. English.
Published online Mar 20, 1995.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3347/kjp.1995.33.1.69
Copyright © 1995 by The Korean Society for Parasitology
Head louse infestation in vagrants and children admitted to public welfare facilities, Republic of Korea
Sun Huh,*1 and Ki-Soo Pai2
1Department of Parasitology, College of Medicine, Hallym University, Chunchon 200-702, Korea.
2Department of pediatrics, College of Medicine, Ajou University, Suwon 442-749, Korea.
Received November 07, 1994; Accepted December 15, 1994.


From December 1992 to February 1993, all vagrants and children admitted to public welfare facilities supported by the Government of Republic of Korea were examined for the presence of nit, nymph or adult of head louse. Of 36,055 persons examined, the number of positive was 7,393 (20.5%). Intensive control measures are needed to control this ectoparasitic infestation.

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