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PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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.
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scabies, skin disease, Sarcoptes scabiei, hominis
Engelman, Daniel; Kiang, Karen; Chosidow, Olivier; McCarthy, James; Fuller, Claire; Lammie, Patrick; Hay, Roderick; and Steer, Andrew, "Toward the Global Control of Human Scabies: Introducing the International Alliance for the Control of Scabies" (2013). Botswana-UPenn Scholarly Publications. 42.
Date Posted: 02 December 2014
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