WATCH: Passenger Climbs On Public Bus, Horrified By What’s Crawling In Woman’s Hair
A bus passenger was simply trying to get from point A to point B when what otherwise might have been an uneventful ride on the public transit system turned into the makings of a viral video that is sure to make your skin crawl. When the passenger climbed onto the public bus, they were horrified to see what was crawling in a woman’s hair.
According to Daily Mail, a video filmed by an unidentified bus passenger shows the back of a woman’s head filled with squirming insects, assumed to be head lice. The stomach-churning clip, which is believed to have been shot in Mexico, sees the camera focus on the woman’s brown hair, which is tied back in a bun, with the bugs slithering through it.
“The head louse, or Pediculus humanus capitis, is a parasitic insect that can be found on the head, eyebrows, and eyelashes of people. Head lice feed on human blood several times a day and live close to the human scalp. Head lice are not known to spread disease,” according to CDC.
Although the woman in the video looked as though she hadn’t washed her matted head in weeks, personal hygiene actually has nothing to do with contracting head lice. The parasites move by crawling — they cannot jump or fly — and are spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person. Of course, this is not to say that you shouldn’t wash regularly.
Due to the fact that you must come into physical contact with head lice to catch them, you are most likely do so in a public place or in the home of an already infected person. Daycares and schools with young children are also notorious for spreading lice.
Public places such as movie theaters, air planes, and malls can be breeding grounds for lice. These bugs can burrow in the head rests of movie theater and air plane seats, and live on the fabrics of clothes and hats in department stores. Even being in close proximity to crowds of people can allow lice to crawl from one head to another. Bringing a jacket to place over the head rest of a movie theater or airplace seat can prevent a potential lice outbreak. You may want to avoid trying on hats and head coverings in crowded departments stores. Regular lice checks can be an effective way to prevent lice infestations. [Source: ClearLice]
Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot you can do to prevent yourself from getting lice, save for crossing your fingers and knocking on wood. All it takes is reclining your head at the movie theatre where an infested person sat before you or trying on a hat at the store which an infested person had on their head, and you’ll likely be the newest host for the nasty little boogers.
They are notoriously difficult to deal with once you have them, too. Worst case scenario, you’re forced to shave your head. Best case scenario, you wash every single piece of clothing and bedding you own in scalding hot water and hope for the best. Either way, it’s no walk in the park. If you see someone crawling with head lice on your next bus ride, get off as soon as you can, or stand far, far away.