According to a lice treatment specialist, selfies are to blame for an unusual increase in the parasitic outbreak. Marcy McQuillan of Nitless Noggins tells SFist, ” I’ve seen a huge increase of lice in teens this year. Typically it’s younger children I treat, because they’re at higher risk for head-to-head contact. But now, teens are sticking their heads together every day to take cell phone pics.”
She said, “we’re getting more of the high school and college kids than middle schoolers. Every teen I’ve treated, I ask about selfies, and they admit that they are taking them every day…I think parents need to be aware, and teenagers need to be aware too. Selfies are fun, but the consequences are real.”
This is the first anecdote about lice being more prevalent than normal, and further evidence and statistics would have to be evaluated before an “epidemic” is declared. However, if your child has lice, spreading them through selfies would be ironic, considering the fact that group selfies are typically behaviors not associated with spreading harm among friends.