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Prevalence of pediculosis capitis among Korean children

Authors
 Jeong-Min Oh  ;  In Yong Lee  ;  Won-Ja Lee  ;  Min Seo  ;  Sol-Ah Park  ;  Seung Hyun Lee  ;  Jang Hoon Seo  ;  Tai-Soon Yong  ;  Soon-Jung Park  ;  Myeong Heon Shin  ;  Ki-Soo Pai  ;  Jae-Ran Yu  ;  Seobo Sim 
Citation
 PARASITOLOGY RESEARCH, Vol.107(6) : 1415-1419, 2010 
Journal Title
 PARASITOLOGY RESEARCH 
ISSN
 0932-0113 
Issue Date
2010
MeSH
Animals ; Child ; Child Day Care Centers ; Humans ; Korea/epidemiology ; Lice Infestations/epidemiology* ; Orphanages ; Pediculus* ; Prevalence ; Scalp Dermatoses/epidemiology* ; Scalp Dermatoses/parasitology ; Schools
Keywords
Primary School ; Sixth Grade ; School Nurse ; Head Louse ; Infestation Rate
Abstract
Pediculus humanus capitis is an ectoparasite, which causes scalp pruritus particularly among children. A total of 15,373 children including 8,018 boys and 7,355 girls from 26 primary schools and 15 kindergartens attached to the primary schools and a total of 33 children from an orphanage were examined for head lice infestation (HLI). The overall prevalence of HLI in this study was 4.1% including 3.7% of the urban areas and 4.7% of the rural areas. Head lice were found more frequently in girls than in boys with prevalence of 6.5% and 1.9%, respectively. The infestation rate by school grade was 3.2%, 4.7%, 4.2%, 5.0%, 4.9%, 3.8%, and 2.1% for kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grades, respectively. The infestation rate of the children in an orphanage was 66.7%. The prevalence of HLI has decreased especially in the rural areas. However, HLI is a still health problem of kindergarteners and primary schoolchildren in Korea.
Full Text
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00436-010-2016-6
DOI
10.1007/s00436-010-2016-6
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Environmental Medical Biology (환경의생물학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Park, Soon Jung(박순정) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0423-1944
Shin, Myeong Heon(신명헌) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8207-6110
Yong, Tai Soon(용태순) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3445-0769
Lee, In Yong(이인용)
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/102364
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