Head lice, also known as pediculosis, isn't a reportable disease under the Health Promotion and Protection Act. In fact, it's more appropriately defined as a social nuisance, not a health problem. Therefore, coordinated efforts between parents, teachers, schools, and the community are necessary to control outbreaks of head lice.
Infestations can be controlled through prevention, early detection, prompt management, and effective education of teachers, parents and volunteers. Although the problem may not be eliminated entirely, it can be handled effectively to minimize the effect in the school community.
For additional information, please contact your EOHU health educator.