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Surveillance of insecticide resistance in head lice using biochemical and molecular methods


Treatment of head louse infection is primarily through topical insecticides. However, there is growing evidence of resistance. A representative population sample was tested using biochemical and molecular methods; it was shown that, in Wales, treatments containing pyrethroids are likely to be less effective in controlling head louse infection than those containing organophosphates.

  • head lice
  • surveillance
  • insecticide resistance

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