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‘Super Lice’ Found in 30 States, Some Bordering Iowa

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- There is a bug that hasn't quite made its way to Iowa yet -- the "super lice.”

The mutant form of head lice has been reported in 30 states, including states surrounding Iowa. The bugs are no different from the typical lice health officials know of, but they do have resistance to some over the counter treatments used to kill them.

The Iowa Department of Public Health says don't let the name "super lice" scare you. The bugs are treatable, but it may take a few tries to get rid of them.

“Go to your pharmacy and ask what’s working in your area. Usually, they know because they’ve been selling it and know whether it works or not. If for some reason that doesn’t work, try another one,” said Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, of the Iowa Department of Public Health.

As a way to keep your children from getting head lice, remind them not to share clothing, hats and hair brushes.