|Title:||Pediculosis capitis among primary-school children in Mafraq Governorate, Jordan|
|Authors:||Al Bashtawy, M.|
|Abstract:||Pediculosis capitis [head lice infestation] is a worldwide public health concern affecting mostly primary-school children. In a cross-sectional study in 2009/2010, the prevalence of pediculosis capitis and some risk factors for infestation were investigated among 1550 randomly selected primary-school children in Mafraq governorate, Jordan. The prevalence of pediculosis capitis was 26.6%. There were significant differences in the prevalence between girls [34.7%] and boys [19.6%], rural [31.2%] and urban [23.5%] residents, and history of infestation in the previous year [57.4%] versus no history [11.5%], as well as between children of different ages, family size and income [P< 0.001]. Longer hair length, lack of bathing facilities, low frequency of hair-washing and bathing, and sharing of articles [e.g. combs, scarves] were significantly associated with infestation [P< 0.001]. The prevalence of infestation was higher than reported in previous studies in Jordan [<14%]. Programmes are needed to increase awareness of pediculosis capitis and the importance of good personal hygiene|
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