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Health Advisory Lifted for Pittsburg and Antioch

Last updated: 5:39 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2015

The health advisory for Pittsburg and Antioch has been lifted. The advisory was issued for people with respiratory sensitivities this morning after a chemical release at Dow Chemical in Pittsburg. Contra Costa HazMat staff are investigating the incident. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Head Lice

Head lice are small insects that live in human hair and feed on blood.

Lice glue their eggs (also known as "nits") to hair so they cannot be brushed or shaken off easily. Lice make a person's head very itchy and cause small red bumps on the scalp, neck and shoulders. There is no disease risk from head lice, they are a nuisance. Head lice are easily spread from one person to another by physical contact or by shared personal articles such as combs, hair brushes, hats, scarves or hair ribbons. Dogs, cats and other pets do not play a role in the transmission of human lice.

If you believe you or your child has lice or has been exposed to lice, you should inspect your head and your child's head daily, with particular attention to the scalp, neckline and behind the ears where lice like to lay their eggs. If you find lice or nits, there are several easily available treatments including using nit combs, which are available at your local pharmacy. If home treatments don't work, you may want to contact your health provider.

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