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Insecticide powder for delousing, United States, 1939-1945

Body and head lice are spread through close contact with other people. The lice, which tend to live in the seams of clothes, cause intense itching. It was a particular problem for servicemen during military campaigns. This insecticide, containing DDT, was applied to clothes and undergarments to prevent further attacks. Body lice also carry other diseases, such as typhus. Made by Lucky Heart Laboratories Inc, the treatment could also be applied to the head, and to pubic hair to treat pubic lice (crabs).

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Glossary: pubic lice

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Glossary: typhus

A severe and often fatal infectious disease. It is transmitted mainly by body lice. Its symptoms are high fever, stupor, intense headache, and a dark red rash.

Glossary: insecticide

A type of pesticide used specifically against insects.

Glossary: body lice

A small insect that attaches to the clothes and hair of humans. They thrive in unhygienic conditions and can transmit disease.

Glossary: DDT

A synthetic pesticide used for controlling insects, especially mosquitoes that carry malaria. Its prolonged use is harmful to the environment, in particular to birds. Now banned from agriculture, it remains in use in some parts of the world.