Genotyping of Human Lice Suggests Multiple Emergences of Body Lice from Local Head Louse Populations

@inproceedings{Li2010GenotypingOH,
  title={Genotyping of Human Lice Suggests Multiple Emergences of Body Lice from Local Head Louse Populations},
  author={Wenjun Li and Gabriel Ortiz and P C Fournier and Gr{\'e}gory Gimenez and David L. Reed and Barry R. Pittendrigh and Didier Raoult},
  booktitle={PLoS neglected tropical diseases},
  year={2010}
}
BACKGROUND Genetic analyses of human lice have shown that the current taxonomic classification of head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis) and body lice (Pediculus humanus humanus) does not reflect their phylogenetic organization. Three phylotypes of head lice A, B and C exist but body lice have been observed only in phylotype A. Head and body lice have different behaviours and only the latter have been involved in outbreaks of infectious diseases including epidemic typhus, trench fever and louse… CONTINUE READING
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