Journal article

Scabies in the developing worlduits prevalence, complications, and management

RJ Hay, AC Steer, D Engelman, S Walton

CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY AND INFECTION | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2012

Abstract

Scabies remains one of the commonest of skin diseases seen in developing countries. Although its distribution is subject to a cycle of infection, with peaks and troughs of disease prevalence, this periodicity is often less obvious in poor communities. Scabies is a condition that affects families, particularly the most vulnerable; it also has the greatest impact on young children. Largely through the association with secondary bacterial infection caused by group A streptococci and Staphylococcus aureus, the burden of disease is compounded by nephritis, rheumatic fever and sepsis in developing countries. However, with a few notable exceptions, it remains largely neglected as an important publi..

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