Where is scabies most common?

Updated: Oct 13, 2020
  • Author: Megan Barry, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Scabies is clearly an endemic disease in many tropical and subtropical regions, being 1 of the 6 major epidermal parasitic skin diseases (EPSD) that are prevalent in resource-poor populations, as reported in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization in February 2009. [23] Prevalence rates are extremely high in aboriginal tribes in Australia, Africa, South America, [24] and other developing regions of the world. Incidence in parts of Central and South America approach 100%. [23] One report suggests the highest reported rates of the crusted scabies in the world is in remote Aboriginal communities of northern Australia. [25]

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