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What are lice?

Lice are tiny insects that live on humans and feed on blood, infesting up to ten million schoolchildren a year. Head lice are usually found in hair or on the back of the neck or behind the ears. They spread from one person to another through direct contact or via shared clothing on which lice have laid eggs.

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