Overdiagnosis and consequent mismanagement of head louse infestations in North America

@article{Pollack2000OverdiagnosisAC,
  title={Overdiagnosis and consequent mismanagement of head louse infestations in North America},
  author={Richard J. Pollack and Anthony E. Kiszewski and Andrew Spielman},
  journal={The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal},
  year={2000},
  volume={19},
  pages={689-694}
}
Background. Lay personnel and many health care workers in the United States believe that head louse infestations caused by Pediculus capitis are exceedingly transmissible and that infested children readily infest others. Schoolchildren therefore frequently become ostracized and remain so until no signs of their presumed infestations are evident. Repeated applications of pediculicidal product and chronic school absenteeism frequently result. Methods. To determine how frequently louse-related… 

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