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Scabies, an itchy skin condition caused by Sarcoptes scabiei, affects millions of people worldwide.1 Sexual transmission can occur, but most spread is direct skin-to-skin contact and rarely fomite transmission. Children, refugees, care home, hostel and prison residents and those living in poorer socioeconomic settings are most at risk.1 2
Are rates of scabies rising in the UK?
In February 2023, the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) alerted members to reports of an increase in scabies and apparent treatment-resistant cases in Southern England. There has been a concurrent increase in bacterial sexually transmitted infections, so a rise in sexually transmitted scabies was not unexpected.3 UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) conducts surveillance of scabies through GUMCAD …
Contributors This column was conceived by GCM, LH and PS.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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