Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

8-8-2013

Publication Source

PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Volume

7

Issue

8

Start Page

e2167

DOI

10.1371/journal.pntd.0002167

Abstract

Scabies, the human skin disease caused by infestation by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis, causes considerable morbidity and mortality through direct effects and as a result of secondary bacterial infection. Scabies is a truly neglected disease, largely absent from the global health agenda, and its huge burden of disease is largely underappreciated. We contend that coordinated, global efforts to control this ubiquitous pathogenic mite are both important and achievable.

Copyright/Permission Statement

This is an open-access article, free of all copyright, and may be freely reproduced, distributed, transmitted, modified, built upon, or otherwise used by anyone for any lawful purpose. The work is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication.

Comments

Membership of the IACS is included in the Acknowledgments.

Keywords

scabies, skin disease, Sarcoptes scabiei, hominis

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Date Posted: 02 December 2014

This document has been peer reviewed.