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Investigation of the Prevalence of Pediculus humanus capitis and Risk Factors in a Village in Isparta
1 İlçe Gıda Tarım ve Hayvancılık Müdürlüğü, Isparta, Türkiye  
2 Yalvaç Devlet Hastanesi, Tıbbi Mikrobiyoloji Kliniği, Isparta, Türkiye  
Turkiye Parazitol Derg 2018; 42: 202-206
DOI: 10.5152/tpd.2018.5217
Key Words: Pediculus humanus capitis, prevalence, Isparta
Abstract

 

Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of Pediculus humanus (P.h.) capitis infestation in school children in Sücüllü Village, Isparta.

 

Methods: The study was conducted from April to May 2016 in Sücüllü Village. Hair of 204 students were examined for eggs, nymphs, and adults of P.h. capitis. Data regarding age, sex, family’s type of living were recorded for each child.

 

Results: It was found that 9.3%of students were infested by P.h capitis. The prevalence of infestation was significantly higher in girls (17.4%) than in boys (p<0.05). School children in the age group of 8-9 years exhibited higher prevalence rates. Infestation rate was also high in livestock families (p<0.05).

 

Conclusion: This study revealed that socioeconomic status is a major factor that influences the occurence of pediculosis among students of both sexes in Isparta. Infestation is more common in crowded families.

 

Cite this article as: Acıöz M, Öztürk T. Investigation of the Prevalence of Pediculus Humanus Capitis and Risk Factors in a Village in Isparta. Turkiye Parazitol Derg 2018; 42(3): 202-6.

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