School and health officials are warning parents about an outbreak of head lice in school children in Davis County.

Calling it a national problem, the health department said Utah and Davis County are not immune. "Rich and poor, young and old - today anyone can contract lice," said the department.Head lice do not jump or fly but are spread through personal contact or sharing such items as combs, brushes, hats, scarves, and coats.

Parents are advised to look at the scalps of their children, on hair strands at the back of the neck and by their ears. The lice or their oval white eggs are visible.

"Eggs should not be confused with dandruff, which is flaky, or with droplets of hair spray. The first sign of lice is usually intense itching," the health department advises.