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Competing Interests

The author has been involved in the development, laboratory testing, clinical trials, and general use in the community of numerous products produced and marketed for the control and elimination of head louse infestation. He has received consultancy fees from several companies involved in marketing this product category but has never been directly employed by any of them.

Author Contributions

Ian F Burgess conceived and designed the experiments, analyzed the data, prepared figures and/or tables, authored or reviewed drafts of the paper, approved the final draft.

Patent Disclosures

The following patent dependencies were disclosed by the authors:

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Data Deposition

The following information was supplied regarding data availability:

There are no raw data


The author received no funding for this work

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