Indirect Transmission of Head Lice via Inanimate Objects~!2010-04-05~!2010-05-18~!2010-07-14~!

  title={Indirect Transmission of Head Lice via Inanimate Objects~!2010-04-05~!2010-05-18~!2010-07-14~!},
  author={Deon V. Canyon and Richard Speare},
  journal={The Open Dermatology Journal},
Whether people can become infected by head lice transferring from inanimate objects is a topic of controversy. This paper reviews the evidence available from experimental studies in controlled laboratory experiments and data from field studies. The weight of evidence appears to be against transmission from inanimate objects being significant, and the promotion of inanimate objects that play an epidemiologically important role in head lice dispersal is not supported by evidence. We conclude that… 
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