“Mutant” head lice resistant to drugs spreading

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There is a new outbreak of head lice that should have parents taking notice.

The new lice  is “mutated,” and may be resistant to common treatments.

But experts are cautioning against a panic, saying these results are preliminary.

A study found 95% of lice populations collected from 30 states tested positive for a mutation resistant to common, over-the-counter treatments.

As many as 12 million American school children between the ages of three and 11 get lice.

At least one expert said the findings were interesting but that it was too preliminary to say for sure that the mutant lice are also drug resistant and causing a widespread problem.

Doctors say their is no threat of an illness, and the lice are more of a nuisance.

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