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Does head lice carry disease?

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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
No!: Head lice do not carry or transmit any disease. (body lice do transmit disease, but they are different.) you may get a secondary skin infection from scratching so much that the scalp gets raw.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: The body louse is a known carrier of disease but head lice are just a pest.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Head lice: Head lice don't transmit other infectious diseases. Body lice can transmit diseases such as epidemic typhus, trench fever & relapsing fever.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Do head lice carry or transmit any disease?

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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
No!: Head lice do not carry or transmit any disease. (body lice do transmit disease, but they are different.) you may get a secondary skin infection from scratching so much that the scalp gets raw.

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