Pediculosis (Lice)

Pediculosis is an infestation of the head and hairy parts of the body with adult lice, larvae, or nits. It is transmitted by direct or close contact with an infected individual


Itching. May see nits that are attached to the hair shafts, may see lice on the skin and clothing.


Treatment is provided by Employee Health Services for employees who have been infected with lice at work. Treatment to prevent transmission of lice after an exposure is not effective or indicated, and will not be given. There is generally little risk to personnel who work with infected patients because close, prolonged contact must occur. Employees who have not been infected by a known exposure at work need to be treated by his/her personal physician.

Work status

The employee may work after the initial treatment as long as all of the nits have been removed from the hair. If the employee or his/her supervisor suspects that the employee may have pediculosis, the employee is to be sent to employee health to be checked. If employee health is closed, the employee is to be sent home and his/her personal may evaluate the employee and clear him/her to work. Once the employee has been treated, it is not necessary to return to employee health to be cleared to return to work.

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