Migrants’ latest health challenge: Scabies

Jackson THOMAS, Gregory Peterson, Julia K. Christenson, Mark NAUNTON, Tom Calma, Gabrielle COOPER

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Scabies, long considered a disease of the past in the developed world, is making its way back. This highly contagious parasitic skin disease, which is caused by the burrowing itch mite Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis, is most commonly transmitted through personal contact in close living quarters and institutional settings, such as schools, aged care facilities, hospitals and refugee camps. We are currently investigating the treatment of scabies in human and animal trials. Our recent study examined scabies outbreaks across the globe in close living quarters and institutional settings.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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