Scabies affects families and communities worldwide. It is most common in children, young adults and the elderly. Factors leading to spread of scabies include:
Scabies is nearly always acquired by skin-to-skin contact with someone else with scabies.
Typically, several scabies mites infest an affected host. After mating, the male mite dies. The female scabies mite burrows into the outside layers of the skin, where she lays up to 3 eggs each day for her lifetime of one to two months. The development from egg to adult scabies mite takes 10–14 days.
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