How can the prevalence of scabies be reduced?

Updated: Oct 13, 2020
  • Author: Megan Barry, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Mass screening and treatment of all affected individuals give the greatest reductions in scabies prevalence, [22] but once these efforts end, prevalence rates quickly escalate. One approach to this problem is to provide more frequent treatment to a predetermined, randomly chosen number of affected individuals. Sometimes, as a result of nonlinearity, treatment densities do not have to be impractically high to produce significant reductions in scabies burden. Single-dose oral treatment may be effective in mass infestations. [64]


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