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Pediculus humanus, human louse

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This short review is a product of hard work of bringing many lengthy, contradictory, and sometimes self-contradictory reviews to common denominator. The main focus is pediculosis caused by head lice. Review of crab louse (Phthirus pubis) is under development.


Pediculus humanus taxonomy

cellular organisms - Eukaryota - Fungi/Metazoa group - Metazoa - Eumetazoa - Bilateria - Coelomata - Protostomia - Panarthropoda - Arthropoda - Mandibulata - Pancrustacea - Hexapoda - Insecta - Dicondylia - Pterygota - Neoptera - Paraneoptera - Phthiraptera - Anoplura - Pediculidae - Pediculus - Pediculus humanus

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Brief facts

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Developmental stages (life cycle)

Life Cycle Stages

The development from egg to egg-laying adult takes from 15 to 23 days. The optimal laboratory conditions for rearing head lice eggs are 27-31 °C and 45-75% relative humidity.

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Main concepts

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Pediculicides (not exaustive list)

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Recommended measures

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Unorthodox or alternative measures

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Not recommended or unnecessary measures

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References

Websites

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