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Pediculosis capitis is a growing neglected infestation due to migration in southeast Turkey


Demographic, socio-economical, and environmental changes affecting prevalence of Pediculosis capitis. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of P. capitis and external factors affecting the distribution of P. capitis. A total of 6004 primary-school students between 5 and 11 years were screened for P. capitis at 28 different primary-schools in Gaziantep, located in southeastern of Turkey, during different two education terms (First education term is in September 2013 to May 2014, second education term is in September 2014 and May 2015). The prevalence of P. capitis was found to be positive 1.5 % (90/6004) and 6.9 % (415/6004) in first education term and in second education term, respectively. In this study shown that the rate of P. capitis’s prevalence was increased 5.4 % in Gaziantep. P. capitis is a neglected infestation and it has re-emerged in Gaziantep, located in the southeastern of Turkey. Health staff member must improve health education programs in primary-school students especially girl students.

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Comparison of Pediculosis capitis’s prevalence in different education term (first education term is in between September 2013 and May 2014, second education term is in between Sempetember 2014 and May 2015). (DOC 87 kb)

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Comparison of the dermographic variables of students with Pediculosis capitis in first education (September 2013-May 2014) and second education term (September 2014-May 2015) in this study (A; first education term B; second education term). (DOC 202 kb)

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Eroglu, F., Basaran, Ü., Kürklü, C.G. et al. Pediculosis capitis is a growing neglected infestation due to migration in southeast Turkey. Parasitol Res 115, 2397–2401 (2016).

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  • Pediculosis capitis
  • Neglected disease
  • Re-emergence