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A Prevalence Study Of Pediculus Humanus Capitis Infestation Among Children In A Slum Area Of Pune.

Author(s): Satyamoorthy T.S | Sachdeva N.L | Kabra S.C | Ganguly S.S

Journal: Indian Journal of Community Medicine
ISSN 0970-0218

Volume: 12;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 209;
Date: 1987;
Original page

A cross â€" sectional study among 512 children in age group 0-15 years was carried out in an urban slum of Pune during Aug.84 to Feb. 85. The prevalence rate of Pediculus humanus capitis among the study population was found to be 35.15 percent. The prevalence was found to increase with age. Girls were affected more than boys. Living in nuclear families, schooling and possession of long hair were found to have significant association with the prevalence of Pediculus humanus capitis. The quality of personal hygiene per se did not alter the prevalence of head louse infestation.

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