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News & Notes: Dec. 11

Dec. 10, 2013

Burleigh Elementary reports cases of head lice

Burleigh Elementary School reported multiple cases of head lice last week, primarily in the second, fourth and fifth grades.

Lice are small insects that feed off small amounts of blood from the scalp and lay eggs (known as nits) close to hair shafts. Nits look similar to dandruff, but are not easily brushed off.

The school requests parents to inspect their children's hair several times a week for lice and their eggs throughout the school year. Early detection can lead to prompt treatment.

Itching or scratching of the head may indicate head lice and the hair should be carefully inspected. If you don't know how to inspect for lice, ask your health room, pediatrician or go to the Waukesha County Health Clinic for a free inspection.

Head lice are not caused by lack of cleanliness; they can be transmitted from person to person and occasionally by sharing personal items, such as scarves, hats and combs. Animals do not transmit head lice.

For information, call Waukesha County Public Health Center at (262) 896-8430.

Comedy Depot coming to Brookfield

The Comedy Depot had its grand opening in The Best Western Plus on Moorland Road and Interstate 94 on Dec. 6. It will feature monthly comedy shows for $15. More information at thecomedydepot.com.

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