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Problems in Diagnosing Scabies, a Global Disease in Human and Animal Populations

Overview of attention for article published in Clinical Microbiology Reviews, April 2007
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Problems in Diagnosing Scabies, a Global Disease in Human and Animal Populations
Published in
Clinical Microbiology Reviews, April 2007
DOI 10.1128/cmr.00042-06
Pubmed ID

Shelley F. Walton, Bart J. Currie


Scabies is a worldwide disease and a major public health problem in many developing countries, related primarily to poverty and overcrowding. In remote Aboriginal communities in northern Australia, prevalences of up to 50% among children have been described, despite the availability of effective chemotherapy. Sarcoptic mange is also an important veterinary disease engendering significant morbidity and mortality in wild, domestic, and farmed animals. Scabies is caused by the ectoparasitic mite Sarcoptes scabiei burrowing into the host epidermis. Clinical symptoms include intensely itchy lesions that often are a precursor to secondary bacterial pyoderma, septicemia, and, in humans, poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis. Although diagnosed scabies cases can be successfully treated, the rash of the primary infestation takes 4 to 6 weeks to develop, and thus, transmission to others often occurs prior to therapy. In humans, the symptoms of scabies infestations can mimic other dermatological skin diseases, and traditional tests to diagnose scabies are less than 50% accurate. To aid early identification of disease and thus treatment, a simple, cheap, sensitive, and specific test for routine diagnosis of active scabies is essential. Recent developments leading to the expression and purification of S. scabiei recombinant antigens have identified a number of molecules with diagnostic potential, and current studies include the investigation and assessment of the accuracy of these recombinant proteins in identifying antibodies in individuals with active scabies and in differentiating those with past exposure. Early identification of disease will enable selective treatment of those affected, reduce transmission and the requirement for mass treatment, limit the potential for escalating mite resistance, and provide another means of controlling scabies in populations in areas of endemicity.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Australia 2 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
Indonesia 1 <1%
Mauritius 1 <1%
Denmark 1 <1%
Japan 1 <1%
Unknown 278 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 58 20%
Student > Master 45 16%
Student > Postgraduate 26 9%
Student > Ph. D. Student 24 8%
Researcher 24 8%
Other 47 16%
Unknown 61 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 105 37%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 34 12%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 18 6%
Nursing and Health Professions 12 4%
Environmental Science 8 3%
Other 38 13%
Unknown 70 25%

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