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The prevalence of head lice infestation and its related risk factors in governmental primary school students in Marivan city, west of Iran, 2018-2019
Farrokh Rad1 , Arezoo Vahabi1 , Ahmad Vahabi 2, Boshra Vahabi1 , Hajar Kashefi1 , Ahmad Mohammadian3
1- Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences, Sanandaj, Iran
2- Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Sanandaj Branch, Islamic Azad University, Sanandaj, Iran. , vahabiahmad@gmail.com
3- Oraman
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Background and Aim: Head lice infestation is one of the health problems that are more prevalent in schools, worldwide. This study was conducted to determine the prevalence of head lice infestation in governmental primary school students in Marivan cityand its related factors such as age, grade, gender, bathing, hair in 2018-19.
Materials and Methods: This was a cross-sectional study conducted in Marivan city during the semester of 2018-19. The sample size was 457 students from different regions of Marivan who were selected using random sampling method. The SPSS software version 20 was used for analysis.
Results: Of the 457 students studied, 109 (23.9%) were infested with head lice. The rate of infestation in girls was higher than boys, 68.8% of the infested cases were female students. The highest and lowest percentages of infestation were 29.4% and 2.8% in fourth and first grade primary school students, respectively. There was a significant statistical relationship between head lice infestation and gender (p = 0.0001).
Conclusion: The results of the study indicate the high level of infestation in the students with head lice. This high level of infestation can cause more infestation among students and, consequently, - can cause students failure at schools. It seems necessary to pay serious attention to reducing this infection by managing training classes for school principals and teachers, as well as parents of students.
Keywords: Head lice, Head lice infestation, Students, pediculosis, Iran
     
Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: Public Health
Received: 2020/06/21 | Accepted: 2021/07/7
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مجله علمی دانشگاه علوم پزشکی کردستان Scientific Journal of Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences
مجله علمی دانشگاه علوم پزشکی کردستان Scientific Journal of Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences
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