Morning Rounds: back to school brings jump in head lice cases

Posted at 11:34 AM, Sep 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-12 13:34:22-04

MISSOULA – Dr. Kasey Harbine of St. Patrick Hospital joins Montana This Morning every Wednesday to answer your medical questions on Morning Rounds.

Dr. Harbine is a Missoula native and works as hospitalist at St. Patrick Hospital. If you have a question that you’d like Dr. Harbine to answer, just send us an email at

Click on the video above to watch the September 12th edition of Morning Rounds to learn more about the signs of, and how to prevent, head lice in your kids.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more information about head lice on their website including the following:

Adult head lice are roughly 2–3 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.