How common is scabies in children?

Updated: Oct 13, 2020
  • Author: Megan Barry, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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The World Health Organization reports a prevalence rate of 5-10% in children in resource-poor tropical countries. [15]

In a 2009 retrospective study of 30,078 children in India, scabies was found to be the second most common skin disease in all age groups of children and the third most common skin disease in infants. [26]

In parts of Bangladesh, the number of children with scabies exceeds the number with diarrheal and respiratory diseases combined. [23]

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