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Microsoft Word - Scabies Guidance_final.docScabies Surveillance, Prevention, and Control

Scabies is a contagious parasitic disease (infestation) of the skin caused by the human itch mite, Sarcoptes scabiei var hominis. Scabies affects only humans and does not discriminate based on socioeconomic level, gender, ethnicity, age, race, sexual orientation, or personal hygiene habits. Once a site is selected, the mite(s) secretes a saliva-like substance and uses its four stubby legs to burrow through the outer layer of the host’s skin. A fertile female can lay about three eggs each day. The eggs hatch in 3-4 days, producing larvae that migrate to the surface of the skin, dig another burrow, and feed on intracellular fluids. Over the next 7-10 days, the larvae develop into sexually mature adult mites. This cycle is repeated many times during the 2-month lifespan of the female mite. Read entire article
Management of Scabies in Long-Term Care Facitlites, Schools and other Institutions