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how are head lice spread?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
Contact: Sharing combs, headgear or sleeping or lying on same furniture. It is common to spread within a classroom or within a household.Each person needs to be treated.
Answered on Mar 20, 2019
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Dr. Michael Tomeo
37 years experience Dermatology
Close contact : Especially thru common use of a comb or brush or hat.
Answered on Mar 20, 2019
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Head lice: Head lice are transmitted two ways. The most common is direct person to person contact. The second way is vector transmission – from a contaminated object to a person.
Answered on Mar 20, 2019

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