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Lice (cont.)

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Life cycle of lice.
Life cycle of lice. Image courtesy of DPDx Identification and Diagnosis of Parasites of Public Health Concern, Parasite Image Library, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Unhatched nit of head louse, Pediculus humanus var capitis.
Unhatched nit of head louse, Pediculus humanus var capitis. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Dr. Dennis D. Juranek.
Nymph of head louse, Pediculus humanus var capitis, about to emerge from egg.
Nymph of head louse, Pediculus humanus var capitis, about to emerge from egg. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Dr. Dennis D. Juranek.
Media file 4: Adult female head louse, Pediculus humanus var capitis
Adult female head louse, Pediculus humanus var capitis. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Dr. Dennis D. Juranek.

Medically reviewed by Martin E Zipser, MD; American board of Surgery

Previous contributing authors and editors:

Author: Susan M Cullinan, MD, Consulting Staff, Department of Emergency Medicine, Luther Midelfort Mayo Hospital.

Coauthor(s): John T Finnell, MD, Associate Program Director, Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Regions Hospital, University of Minnesota.

Editors: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Richard Harrigan, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Temple University Hospital, Temple University School of Medicine.

REFERENCE:

Pickering, Larry K., Carol J. Baker, David W. Kimberlin, and Sarah S. Long, eds. 2009 Red Book: Report of the Committee of Infectious Diseases. 28th edition. Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics, 2009.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/8/2014

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