Case 205. Phthirus pubis (pubic louse) infestation (30 y-o M)
         
   
Adult pubic louse attached to the pubic hair (stereo microscopic observation)
   
         
   
Key words : pubic louse, head louse
   
         
   
sexually transmitted infection
   
     
 
     
The 1 mm-sized louse is transmitted by sexual activity. The pubic louse may also parasitize the eyelashes.   "Man who has caught lice" in Yamai-no-Soshi" (borrowed from the homepage of Kyoto National Museum)
Yamai-no-Soshi (Yamai = disease, Soshi = handscroll) is the world oldest handscroll (atlas) of diseases and deformities published in the 12th century in Japan. The transmission and treatment of pubic lice have been unchanged for more than 800 years. It is transmitted by sex, and the treatment of choice should be hair shaving!
     
 
     
Reference case 205A
Peduculus humanus capitis (head louse) infestation in a 5 y-o female. Infestation of head lice is common among girls in the kindergardens and elementary schools.
  Reference case 205A
An egg of Peduculus humanus capitis (head louse) attached to the hair (stereo microscopic observation). Treatment of choice should be phenothrin shampooing. All the member of the risk group should be treated.