Journal of Medical Entomology (2001) 38, 127-129

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Craig N. Burkhart and Craig G. Burkhart (2001)
Recommendation to standardize pediculicidal and ovicidal testing for head lice (Anoplura: Pediculidae)
Journal of Medical Entomology 38 (2), 127-129
Abstract: Pediculosis capitis is a prevalent and highly communicable condition infesting millions of elementary school students annually. Topical insecticides are the present standard treatment for this condition. Because resistance of head lice to insecticides is a growing concern, assessment of efficacy of pediculicidal and ovicidal activity of the various agents is needed for public health interests. Given the number of anecdotal and market-driven reported studies, assessment of topical lice therapies requires standardized testing. Evaluations based on adaptations of World Health Organization guidelines are not ideal, whereas a protocol reflecting clinical exposure to insecticides is preferable.
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pesticide resistance of pest


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Pediculus humanus