Head Lice are tiny insects that live on the human scalp. They do not transmit disease and are not a health hazard; having head lice is not an indication of being unclean, or a reflection of personal hygiene.
Head Lice are mainly acquired by direct head-to-head contact with an infested person's hair, but may infrequently be transferred through shared combs, hats and other hair accessories. Head lice can also remain on bedding or upholstered furniture for a brief period of time. Head lice can spread very quickly, especially in the school environment. It is important to inform friends, family and school mates of anyone who has head lice. It is also important that children get treated promptly, to prevent the spread of lice to other families. Head lice can best be controlled with the cooperation of parents, children, school staff and health care providers.
For further questions or concerns, please contact your Public Health Nurse.