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The public health control of scabies: priorities for research and action

Daniel Engelman, Paul T Cantey, Michael Marks, Anthony W Solomon, Aileen Y Chang, Olivier Chosidow, Wendemagegn Enbiale, Dirk Engels, Roderick J Hay, David Hendrickx, Peter J Hotez, John M Kaldor, Mike Kama, Charles D Mackenzie, James S McCarthy, Diana L Martin, Birhan Mengistu, Toby Maurer, Nebiyu Negussu, Lucia Romani Show all



Scabies is a parasitic disease of the skin that disproportionately affects disadvantaged populations. The disease causes considerable morbidity and leads to severe bacterial infection and immune-mediated disease. Scientific advances from the past 5 years suggest that scabies is amenable to population-level control, particularly through mass drug administration. In recognition of these issues, WHO added scabies to the list of neglected tropical diseases in 2017. To develop a global control programme, key operational research questions must now be addressed. Standardised approaches to diagnosis and methods for mapping are required to further understand the burden of disease. The safety of trea..

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Funding Acknowledgements

DaE, LR, JMK, and ACS were supported by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Fellowships. ACS was also supported by the National Heart Foundation of Australia. MM was supported by the UK National Institute of Health Research. We acknowledge the contributions of Patrick Lammie and Aya Yajima for the ideas contained in this manuscript. Karly Cini assisted with preparation of figure 2. PTC and AWS are employees of WHO. DLM is an employee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The findings and opinions expressed in this Review are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views, decisions, or policies of WHO, CDC, or other institutions with which the authors are affiliated.