• 'Super lice' make their way into Florida, Georgia

    By: Ben Becker

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    New research shows an outbreak of super lice, a super-strain that is more resistant to treatment, has made its way to Florida and Georgia.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 12 million children a year get lice. And according to the Mayo Clinic, head lice are a very common problem, second only to the common cold among schoolchildren.

    One parent we spoke with talked about her reaction the first time she heard her daughter had lice.

    “When you first heard lice you thought, ‘What? Oh no, oh my gosh, you are kidding,’” said Mandy Leavell.

    Experts say the tiny, wingless, parasitic insects are hard to get rid of without special treatment and prescription medication. They also say it has nothing to do with bad hygiene.

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