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Selfies and head lice, more teens & college students battling lice

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We've all taken a selfie with our cell phones and you may have taken a group selfie, where one or more people squeeze in putting their heads together to get in the shot.
    
It may make for a great picture but a new report suggests group selfies may be to blame for a rise in the number of head lice cases. One expert in the valley says she's seen a spike in cases at Arizona State University.
    
FOX 10 asked some ASU students if they take group selfies and the answer was a resounding yes.
    
Kim Pickens with "No Nit Noggins" owns a lice removal company. "I was quite surprised when I was getting calls from students at ASU, mostly in the downtown Tempe area," she said.
    
"It's very contagious, as it spreads from hair strand to hair strand... the way they attach themselves they just crawl on the hair strand and if there's another hair strand then they would cross over," said Pickens.
    
FOX 10 asked a student if the report made them think twice about putting their heads together. "Yes it does, it brings some question to that maybe I won't be with my friends, maybe we'll have a barrier," said an unnamed student.
    
Pickens said that the best advice for women is to keep their hair up or have a short cut as it reduces the chance of spreading lice. And plain and simple, keep some space between your heads.
  

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