The prevalence of pediculosis capitis and relevant factors in primary school students of Kashan, Central Iran

Doroodgar, A. and Sadr, F. and Paksa, A. and Mahboobi, S. and Doroodgar, M. and Sayyah, M. and Tashakkor, Z. (2014) The prevalence of pediculosis capitis and relevant factors in primary school students of Kashan, Central Iran. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Disease, 4 (6). pp. 500-504.

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Objective: To help health authorities in adopting the ways to control pollution in the Kashan city and improve public health. Methods: In descriptive epidemiologic research, 2 151 students were examined in 23 male and female schools. Their hair was examined for head louse infestation. Demographic data and related information were obtained by interview and observation. The data were recorded in the standard questionnaire and analyzed by SPSS statistical software by using Chi-square and fisher's exact tests. Results: The prevalence of head louse infestation in students was 0.70. This survey showed that 0.75 and 0.60 of the students in female and male schools were infected to head louse respectively. Statistical tests showed significant relation between pediculosis and, father's and mother's job, father's and mother's education, previous history of infection, itchy scalp and school health teachers (P<0.05). Conclusions: The study indicated that the prevalence of pediculosis wasn't a major concern and health priority in Kashan's schools (2013). However, it was suggested that individual hygiene should be considered as a priority in the city to prevent the increase of infestation incidence, and also measures should be taken to increase the level of knowledge of individuals within the city. © 2014 Asian Pacific Tropical Medicine Press.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: article; child; child care; child parent relation; controlled study; cross-sectional study; elementary student; female; health education; health survey; human; incidence; Iran; major clinical study; male; medical history; pediculosis capitis; personal hygiene; prevalence; primary school; priority journal; public health; questionnaire; scalp pruritus; sex difference
Subjects: Parasitology
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine > Basic Sciences > Department of Parasitological & Mycology
Depositing User: editor . 2
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2017 08:41
Last Modified: 31 May 2017 12:31

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