publication . Article . Other literature type . 2018

using human head lice to unravel neglect and cause of death

Lambiase, Simonetta; Perotti, M. Alejandra;
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  • Published: 10 Dec 2018 Journal: Parasitology, volume 146, pages 678-684 (issn: 0031-1820, eissn: 1469-8161, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>Despite the common association of human lice with abandoned or neglected people, no procedure to assess pediculosis, aimed to detect signs of neglect, exists. Investigating the two most common forms of head louse infestation, regular and severe, we define lice-markers of neglect and develop a protocol and survey form to record and assess pediculosis. The study of head lice from a deceased victim of neglect helped unravel time-length since death, frequency of exposure to neglect and the cause and circumstances related to the death. Nit-clusters are markers of neglect, indicating length and frequency of neglect episodes. In...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: parasitic diseases
free text keywords: Animal Science and Zoology, Parasitology, Infectious Diseases, Biology, Human lice, Pediculosis, medicine.disease, medicine, Neglect, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Food supply, Cause of death, Louse, biology.animal, Pediculus capitis, Demography, Immunology, Head lice infestation
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