Meghan Hackney Period 3


Scabies is caused by a mite. They are attracted to the warmth and smell of humans. Female mites burrow into the skin, creating small tunnels. The mites lay eggs and leave feces in these tunnels.


It is spread by close contact. The scabies mite cannot fly or jump, and it moves very slowly, but if you scratch or touch the infected area you can spread it to other places.

how contagious is it

People with crusted scabies have thick crusts of skin that contain large numbers of scabies mites and eggs. They are very contagious to other persons and can spread the infestation easily both by direct skin-to-skin contact and by contamination of items such as their clothing, bedding, and furniture. Others may be less contagious, depending on how many infected mites they have in them.

How virulent is it

The mites in crusted scabies are not more virulent than in non-crusted scabies, but they are much more numerous. They can have up to 2 million per person.


Red and itchy, irritated skin with a developing rash or skin sores. You may even see the tunnels that the mites have made.


To make sure that a patient has scabies, a dermatologist may scrape off a tiny bit of skin and look at it under a microscope. If they see it, they will give you a prescription that you put on your skin to help it go away.

Mortality rate

About 30% of the treated have survived from scabies, depending on the treatment.

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