A new strain of mutant lice that is resistant to normal over-the-counter treatments has been found in the following 25 states:
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the most common way that children get head lice is through head-to-head contact, which usually happens during play at school, playgrounds, camp and home as well as social gatherings such as slumber party and sporting event. Typically, children get lice by sharing clothing such as hats and items such as barrettes and combs. Children can also be infested by lice if they lie on a bed, couch or carpet or use a pillow that was recently in contact with someone with lice, however, dogs, cats and other pets do not help spread lice.
The CDC lists the following as signs and symptoms of head lice:
- Tickling feeling of something moving in the hair.
- Itching, caused by an allergic reaction to the bites of the head louse.
- Irritability and difficulty sleeping; head lice are most active in the dark.
- Sores on the head caused by scratching. These sores can sometimes become infected with bacteria found on the person's skin.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents involve their family’s pediatrician and try prescription medications if they suspect their child has super lice.