Examining the prevalence rate of Pediculus capitis infestation according to sex and social factors in primary school children

Doroodgar, A. and Sadr, F. and Doroodgar, M. and Doroodgar, M. and Sayyah, M. (2014) Examining the prevalence rate of Pediculus capitis infestation according to sex and social factors in primary school children. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Disease, 4 (1). pp. 25-29.

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Objective: To determine the prevalence rate of head louse infestation among elementary students, and examine the associated factors with infection in the city of Aran and Bidgol. Methods: A total of 19 boys' and girls' primary schools were selected by multistage, systematic random sampling. Overall, 3 590 students were examined for head lice infestation in urban areas of Aran and Bidgol during 2008. The diagnosis was based on live louse or nit on the scalp of students. The students were screened by standard questionnaire and demographic data in addition to related information were obtained by interview and observation. The data were analyzed by SPSS software using chi-square and Fisher's exact tests. Results: The mean age of students was (8.68±1.58) years ranging between 6-12 years. The total prevalence of head louse infestation was 0.47. This rate was 0.42 and 0.05 in female and male, respectively. There was a significant association between pediculosis and sex, father's job, mother's education, access to bathroom in home, prior infection, drug use and nationality, respectively (P<0.05). Conclusions: The results showed that pediculosis was not a major health priority among primary school in city of Aran and Bidgol. However, enhancing the knowledge of students about head lice infestation and the existence of health teachers in schools can play a significant role in disease control. © 2014 Asian Pacific Tropical Medicine Press.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: article; bath; child; drug use; educational status; elementary student; father; female; human; infection rate; Iran; male; mother; occupation; pediculosis; preschool child; prevalence; priority journal; random sample; school child; sex ratio; urban population
Subjects: Parasitology
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine > Basic Sciences > Department of Science General
Depositing User: editor . 2
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2017 16:21
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 16:21
URI: http://eprints.kaums.ac.ir/id/eprint/430

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