BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A study published in August 2015 showed that over 25 states are being overrun by a strain of drug-resistant lice. Genetically mutate lice are on the rampage and it seems that common pharmaceutical compounds aren’t having any effects on them.
Although the study was published last year, the situation has not seen any improvement since then. According to this study performed by Kyong Sup Yoon, an associate professor working at the University of Southern Illinois, the so-called super lice epidemic has spread to 25 US states, Washington including.
Samples retrieved from all over the infested states showed that the super bug’s nervous system is not impervious to traditional, over-the-counter drugs. Doctor Yoon found out that the most important active substance found in lice drugs, permethrin, will not do any good against the new strain of genetically mutated super lice.
But the situation isn’t as dire as it would seem at first glance. Several local school has reported cases of drug-resistant lice, but the system cannot account for all the institutions. Kyong also mentioned that there is still a high possibility that the lice could have mutated to such a degree that no conventional treatment will be able to kill them.
However, he still reluctant from ruling out another factor called human error, this fact being confirmed by Carol Bruce, a nurse working at an elementary school. She agrees that the number of cases of children coming down with drug-resistant lice is higher than in the last year.
Still, she also argues that lice will never die and that we will always have to find a way in order to deal with them. Moreover, the nurse also said that it’s still possible that the people who reported those case might have misused the pharmaceutical products.
The nurse also declared that lice aren’t that dangerous. Apart from causing a sensation of itchiness, in rare instances, the patient can become infected from open cuts if they break the red bumps which form after the lice bite you.
Bruce also said that she doesn’t agree with the some of the school’s policies. She said that most schools tend to send the children home rather than taking them to the nurse’s office.
Lice can be spread by head-to-head contact and it is pretty common among elementary school students. The best way to get rid of lice, regardless if they are common or super-resistant, is to comb out your hair using a very fine comb.
Carol Bruce said that this situation can be resolved with discretion and without any embarrassment if the children are taken in time to the nurse’s office.
Genetically mutated lice are on the rampage and it seems that the best defense is a good lesson in personal hygiene.