Dallas-Fort Worth Sees 50 Percent Uptick In Head Lice Infestations

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas-Fort Worth saw a 50 percent increase in lice activity this winter over last year, according to an organization tracking infestations.

The organization, Lice Clinics of America also reported seeing a 30 percent increase in lice activity nationwide after comparing Jan. 2018 and Jan. 2019 booking and treatment data in its more than 300 clinics.

Scratch, scratch. Photography of a louse trough a stereomicroscope (photo credit: Getty Images)

The CDC estimates six million to 12 million infestations occur each year in the U.S. among children three to 11 years of age.

Though not life-threatening, lice are highly contagious and have built a resistance to over-the-counter remedies. According to the CDC, “Head-to-head contact with an already infected person is the most common way to get head lice. Head-to-head contact is common during play at…

Original published: 2019-03-19 13:19:55 Read the full Dallas News here

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