CRAIG G. BURKHART, M.D.
Scabies is a highly contagious parasitic infestation whose exact nature is unknown. A reassessment of epidemiologic data questions accepted ideas such as that scabies is a sexually transmitted disease; 30-year cycles of scabies epidemics exist; changes in the immune status of the host population (herd immunity) are epidemiologically significant; fomite transmission is rare; and blacks are resistant to the mite. Scabies epidemics are due to several factors and improved surveillance is needed before the disease can be better controlled.
BURKHART CG. Scabies: An Epidemiologic Reassessment. Ann Intern Med. ;98:498–503. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-4-498
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(4):498-503.
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