8 Aug 2016

Beware of the 'Super Lice'

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:20 pm on 8 August 2016

Merely hearing the words "Super Lice" is enough to give parents nightmares.

Male headlouse on a human head

Male headlouse on a human head Photo: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_louse#/media/File:Male_human_head_louse.jpg]

New US research published in the Journal of Economic Entomology has found that 98 per cent of lice have become resistant, to over-the-counter remedies.

So, is it time to ditch the chemicals and the comb?

Dr Cameron Webb is from the Department of Medical Entomology, from the University of Sydney.

He talks to Jesse Mulligan about how "Super Lice" can be stopped in their tracks.

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