Interesting article in the Daily Mail today about head lice, which are apprantly mutating and becoming indestructible. "Scientists believe that 80 percent of the bugs are immune to over-the-counter lotions."
But fret not! According to the Harvard School of Public Health site: "The greatest harm associated with head lice results from the well-intentioned but misguided use of caustic or toxic substances to eliminate the lice."
In other words, while that itch might be telling you something, The Cooties are no Snakes on a Plane...
Some other interesting facts about the six-legged creatures:
- Head lice are equal opportunity parasites; they do not respect socio-economic class distinctions. Their presence does not connote a lack of hygiene or sanitation practiced by their host.
- Neither able to fly nor jump, lice are also unlikely to wander far from their preferred habitat.
- Long associated with people, head lice have been recovered from prehistoric mummies.