PREHISTORICAL Pediculus humanus capitis INFESTATION: QUANTITATIVE DATA AND LOW VACUUM SCANNING MICROSCOPY
AbstractA pre-Columbian Peruvian scalp was examined decades ago by a researcher from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation. Professor Olympio da Fonseca Filho described nits and adult lice attached to hair shafts and commented about the origin of head lice infestations on mankind. This same scalp was sent to our laboratory and is the subject of the present paper. Analysis showed a massive infestation with nine eggs/cm2 and an impressive number of very well preserved adult lice. The infestation age was roughly estimated as nine months before death based on the distance of nits from the hair root and the medium rate of hair growth. A small traditional textile was associated with the scalp, possibly part of the funerary belongings. Other morphological aspects visualized by low-vacuum scanning electron microscopy are also presented here for adults and nits.
Download data is not yet available.
How to Cite
Dutra, J., Alves, A., Pessanha, T., Rachid, R., Souza, W., Linardi, P., Ferreira, L., Souza, S., & Araujo, A. (2014). PREHISTORICAL Pediculus humanus capitis INFESTATION: QUANTITATIVE DATA AND LOW VACUUM SCANNING MICROSCOPY . Revista Do Instituto De Medicina Tropical De São Paulo, 56(2), 115-119. Retrieved from https://www.revistas.usp.br/rimtsp/article/view/78710
Copyright (c) 2018 Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.