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1 March 2001 Recommendation to Standardize Pediculicidal and Ovicidal Testing for Head Lice (Anoplura: Pediculidae)
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Pediculosis capitis is a prevalent and highly communicable condition infesting millions of elementary school students annually. Topical insecticides are the present standard treatment for this condition. Because resistance of head lice to insecticides is a growing concern, assessment of efficacy of pediculicidal and ovicidal activity of the various agents is needed for public health interests. Given the number of anecdotal and market-driven reported studies, assessment of topical lice therapies requires standardized testing. Evaluations based on adaptations of World Health Organization guidelines are not ideal, whereas a protocol reflecting clinical exposure to insecticides is preferable.

Craig N. Burkhart and Craig G. Burkhart "Recommendation to Standardize Pediculicidal and Ovicidal Testing for Head Lice (Anoplura: Pediculidae)," Journal of Medical Entomology 38(2), 127-129, (1 March 2001). https://doi.org/10.1603/0022-2585-38.2.127
Received: 13 June 2000; Accepted: 1 September 2000; Published: 1 March 2001
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