Which populations have the highest prevalence of scabies infestation?

Updated: Oct 13, 2020
  • Author: Megan Barry, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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A survey of children in a welfare home in Pulau Pinang, Malaysia found that the infestation rate for scabies was highest among children aged 10-12 years. [21] The disease was more commonly evident in boys (50%) than in girls (16%). The overall prevalence rate for scabies was 31%.

Of 200 dermatology outpatients in Sirte, Libya, with scabies, the following distribution was found [22] :

  • Females - 59%

  • Children - 37.5%

  • Military personnel - 18%

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