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Scabies

The scabies mite, Sarcoptes scabiei, is an ectoparasite that burrows into the upper layer of the skin and deposits eggs. An exposed individual can be infectious to others, even in the absence of symptoms. Scabies can spread rapidly, including in healthcare facilities such as nursing homes and hospitals, causing outbreaks which can be difficult to control if not caught early.

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CORHA General Guidance for the Outbreak Detection and Reporting of Scabies

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Background The scabies mite, Sarcoptes scabiei, is an ectoparasite that burrows into the upper layer of the skin and deposits eggs which form adults in 10-17 days. On a...… Read More »

CORHA HAI-AR Outbreak Investigation and Response Tracking System

CORHA

What is this? The following materials were developed to help health departments and large healthcare systems manage information related to investigations of possible HAI-AR outbreaks involving healthcare delivery. The...… Read More »

Scabies Protocol

This Federal Bureau of Prisons scabies protocol, developed in January 2017 as part of the Federal Bureau of Prisons Clinical Guidance, provides recommended procedures for detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention...… Read More »

Scabies Management PowerPoint Presentation

This acute communicable disease control scabies toolkit was initially developed in 2009 by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and contains resources for managing scabies outbreaks in health...… Read More »

Infection Prevention in Long-Term Care – Scabies

This resource is targeted to long-term care facilities. It is brief and focused on scabies transmission, incubation period, diagnosis, treatment, environmental measures, and infection prevention and control strategies for...… Read More »

A Novel Clinical Grading Scale for Scabies to Guide the Management of Crusted Scabies

This is a very useful crusted scabies resource. Note however that the standard of care for topical treatment in the U.S. is permethrin and not benzyl benzoate plus 5%...… Read More »

Scabies in Healthcare Settings

This resource is notable for its strong control measure and case/contact definition/management content. A subscription might be required to access this article. Note that the reference to shoe covers...… Read More »
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