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Risk Factors Associated with Head Louse Infestation in Korea

Korean Journal of Parasitology 2011년 49권 1호 p.95 ~ 98
 ( Sim Seo-Bo ) - Konkuk University School of Medicine Department of Environmental and Tropical Medicine

 ( Lee Won-Ja ) - Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Department of Malaria and Parasitic Diseases
 ( Yu Jae-Ran ) - Konkuk University School of Medicine Department of Environmental and Tropical Medicine
 ( Lee In-Yong ) - Yonsei University College of Medicine Department of Environmental Medical Biology
 ( Lee Seung-Hyun ) - Konkuk University School of Medicine Department of Microbiology
 ( Oh Soo-Youn ) - Konkuk University School of Medicine Department of Surgery
 ( Seo Min ) - Dankook University College of Medicine Department of Parasitology
 ( Chai Jong-Yil ) - Seoul National University College of Medicine Department of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine

Abstract


Head louse infestation (HLI) is one of the most frequently occurring parasitic diseases in children. This study was conducted to investigate the socioeconomic and personal factors influencing HLI in the Republic of Korea. A total of 2,210 questionnaires about various factors related to HLI were obtained from children in 17 primary schools throughout the country. The rate of HLI was significantly lower in children who lived together with mother or in a family where both parents worked. In addition, HLI was lower in children whose fathers or mothers were public officers or teachers. However, HLI was higher in children who had small families and washed their hair less often. Education levels of parents and the number of children in family were not significant. Improvement of socioeconomic factors and personal hygiene will be helpful for reducing HLI.

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Pediculus humanus capitis; head louse; risk factor; socioeconomic factor
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