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Adult head lice are roughly 2 to 3 mm long.

Head lice infest the head and neck and attach their eggs to the base of the hair shaft.

Lice move by crawling; they cannot hop or fly.

Head lice infestation, or pediculosis, is spread most commonly by close person-to-person contact.

Dogs, cats, and other pets do not play a role in the transmission of human lice.

Both over-the-counter and prescription medications are available for treatment of head lice infestations.

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