What are scabies and other ectoparasites?

Scabies is a parasitic infestation caused by a microscopic mite that burrows into the skin and lays eggs, eventually triggering an immune response that leads to intense itching and a rash.

Scabies infestation may be complicated by bacterial infection, leading to the development of skin sores that, in turn, may lead to the development of more serious consequences such as septicaemia, heart disease and chronic kidney disease.

Scabies is usually transmitted person-to-person through close skin contact with an infested individual. Patients typically present with severe itch, linear burrows and vesicles around the finger webs, wrists, upper and lower limbs and belt area.

200 million cases are estimated at any one time 455 million People are affected by scabies at any time

Further information

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Source: WHO data 2018