What is the prevalence of scabies worldwide?

Updated: Oct 13, 2020
  • Author: Megan Barry, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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An estimated 200 million people are affected by scabies at any given time, with prevalence rates ranging from 0.2% to 71%. [15] Natural disasters, war, and poverty lead to overcrowding and increased rates of transmission. [16, 17]

In industrialized countries, scabies epidemics occur primarily in institutional settings, such as prisons, and in long-term care facilities, including hospitals and nursing homes. [18, 19, 20] Scabies occurs more commonly in fall and winter months in these countries. Prevalence rates for scabies in developing nations are higher than those in industrialized countries.

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