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Supernits that last up to six years

11th December 2007

The Daily Mail reports that children and parents in the UK are facing a plague of head lice capable of surviving for six years.

The epidemic of "supernits" is thought to affect up to 10% of children in Britain, with increasing numbers infested by lice for months and years. Ian Burgess, director of the Medical Entomology Centre, in Shepreth, near Cambridge, said that the lice have become resistant to insecticide treatment developed in the 1990s.

He commented: "As early as 1993, we found that lice were becoming resistant. In urban Britain today, most lice are unaffected by all the insecticides on the market." 

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