The prevalence of head louse infestation among urban and rural children in Korea

K. S. Pai, M. S. Park, Y. S. Lee, D. H. Kim, K. S. Chung, K. Y. Lee, P. K. Kim, K. Y. Kim, Taisoon Yong, H. I. Ree, K. I. Im, S. Huh

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The prevalence of head louse (Pediculus hamanus var. capitis) infestation in preschool and school children in 9 urban and 8 rural areas of Korea, was investigated. Of 11,865 children who were examined for head lice and nits, 2,900(24.4%) were found infested. The over-all infestation rate of rural children, 58.9%, was higher than that of urban children, 14.4%. There also existed significant differences in the infestation rate among various regions of urban as well as rural areas. Females were more infested than males. But there was no difference in infestation rate in either sex of preschool age. The infestation rate increased gradually from the age of 6, reached a plateau between 9-12 years of age and thereafter slowly decreased. The infestation rate of an orphanage children was higher than that of general childhood population. Health education and mass-delousing attempt are urgently required to lower such a high prevalence of head louse infestation in Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-275
Number of pages5
JournalKorean Journal of Parasitology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1989 Jan 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases

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Pai, K. S., Park, M. S., Lee, Y. S., Kim, D. H., Chung, K. S., Lee, K. Y., Kim, P. K., Kim, K. Y., Yong, T., Ree, H. I., Im, K. I., & Huh, S. (1989). The prevalence of head louse infestation among urban and rural children in Korea. Korean Journal of Parasitology, 27(4), 271-275.