Human Scabies

Author(s): Erica Bronen

Human scabies is a common infestation that can cause a variety of symptoms and presentations depending on the clinical situation. In industrialised, high-income environments, epidemics in health institutions and residential homes pose a challenge to health and social care systems. Scratching-induced staphylococcal and streptococcal bacteremia has a significant impact on the long-term health of people living in resource-poor regions. Over the last decade, the World Health Organization has categorised scabies as a “Neglected Tropical Disease” (NTD).