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“Ew, you have cooties!” is more than just a childish playground taunt; cooties were (and are) a real thing, and a serious problem for much of history.

The term refers to Pediculus humanus corporis, otherwise known as the human body louse. During wartime, body lice were a scourge to soldiers and civilians in crowded conditions, and were a much more dire problem than the other human lice species (head lice and pubic lice, or “crabs”). Cooties carried typhus, a disease that killed over three million people on the former Eastern Front, between 1918 and 1922. De-lousing stations set up on both sides of the conflict kept the cootie from running rampant in Western Europe, but it was still a persistent problem throughout the war. The body louse was most notably found in German concentration camps in WWII, and the typhus carried by Pediculus humanus corporis is what killed both Anne Frank and her sister Margot.

Typhus has plagued humanity for centuries, but cooties have not. The term cootie was first coined by the British army in WWI, and is presumed to be from the Malay word kutu, meaning either biting body louse or dog tick.

Today’s post by Arallyn, a humanoid from the third rock from the sun who is fascinated by science and who runs the fantastic blog biomedicalephemera.tumblr.com when she isn’t filling her mind with scientific trivia.  Check out her cool blog-I don’t know where she finds her material, but it is spectacular!

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see also Influenza

Paragonimiasis — see Paragonimus Infection

Paragonimus Infection [Paragonimiasis]

Parainfluenza — see Human Parainfluenza Viruses

Parasitic Diseases

Parvovirus B19 Infection — see Fifth Disease

PCP (Pneumocystis pneumonia)

PCV (Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine)

PE (Pulmonary Embolism)

Pedestrian Injury

Pediculus humanus capitis — see Head Lice

Pediculus humanus corporis — see Body Lice

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

Peripheral Arterial Insufficiency — see Peripheral Arterial Disease

Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease — see Peripheral Arterial Disease

Peripheral Vascular Disease — see Peripheral Arterial Disease

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccination

Pet-Related Diseases — see Animal-Related Diseases

Phthiriasis — see Pubic Lice

PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease)

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Pink Eye [Conjunctivitis]

Pinworm Infection [Enterobius vermicularis Infection]

Plague [Yersinia pestis Infection]

Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV)

Pneumococcal Disease

Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (PPV)

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Pneumonia

Polio Infection [Poliomyelitis Infection]

Polio Vaccination [Poliomyelitis Vaccination]

Poliomyelitis Infection — see Polio Infection

Poliomyelitis Vaccination — see Polio Vaccination

Pontiac Fever — see Legionnaires’ Disease

Powassan (POW) virus

PPV (Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine)

Pregnancy

Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM) — see Naegleria Infection

Prion Diseases [Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs)]

Prostate Cancer

Pseudomonas dermatitis Infection — see Hot Tub Rash

Psittacosis

Psoriasis

Pubic Lice [Phthiriasis]

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