Eastern Ontatio Health Unit / Bureau de santé de l'Ontario

Head Lice

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, call the EOHU at 613-933-1375 or 1-800-267-7120 and ask to speak to a School Focused Nurse or email the School Health Team at schoolcovid@eohu.ca

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Eastern Ontatio Health Unit / Bureau de santé de l'Ontario