Does scabies spread between different host species?

Updated: Oct 13, 2020
  • Author: Megan Barry, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Although reports have described transfer to humans from animals, experimental studies have demonstrated limited cross-infectivity between different host species. Further, genotyping studies have revealed that the Sarcoptes mites segregate into separate host-associated populations, thus limiting the transmission across host species.


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