Message Number: YG2352 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Karen Purcell, DVM
Date: 2001-04-08 08:23:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Question of Lice & Animals

> I'm not sure if anyone can help me. But maybe someone can point
> me in the correct direction to find the answer.
> I was wondering if human head lice can be transferred between our pets
> and daughters?
No. Lice are species specific, and can not survive on animals.
This is strictly a human problem (I fight with pediatricians all the
time on this one).It is more likely that the children are passing it
back and forth at the school.

At least you don't have to wash all the pets!

-Dr. Karen
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