An Infectious Disease : Scabies

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An Infectious Disease: Scabies Introduction Scabies are a well -known infection that results in a particularly relentless and devastating itch that starts out slowly and increases in severity overtime. The mites that cause the condition scientifically known as Sarcoptes scabiei (Stoppler, 2010). An eight-legged microscopic mite burrows into the skin of an infected humans. Per Smith (2016) scabies is a dermatological condition, which are estimated to infect over 300 million humans worldwide each year, including 1 million people in the United States. Scabies is highly contagious, being easily spread through close physical contact such as skin to skin and by sharing bedding, furniture, and clothing. Scabies most frequently occurs in children and young adults, with outbreaks in child care facilities and school commons. Scabies affects people of all races, income, social class and social living. The New England Journal of Medicine states that mites cannot fly or jump but can crawl at the rate of 2.5 cm per minutes on warm skin. The mites can survive for 24-36 hours at room temperature and at average humidity, and remains capable of infestation and epidermal burrowing. The most parasites on a person, the greater the likelihood of transmission. Causes Humans are not the only species affected by mites; dogs and cats can also be infected. However, each species hosts a different species of mites, and while human may experience a mild, transient skin
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