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Scabies: more than just an irritation

McCarthy, J. S., Kemp, David J., Walton, Shelley F. and Currie, Bart J. (2004). Scabies: more than just an irritation. Postgraduate Medical Journal,80(945):382-387.

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Title Scabies: more than just an irritation
Author McCarthy, J. S.
Kemp, David J.
Walton, Shelley F.
Currie, Bart J.
Journal Name Postgraduate Medical Journal
Publication Date 2004
Volume Number 80
Issue Number 945
ISSN 0032-5473   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 382
End Page 387
Total Pages 6
Place of Publication UK
Publisher BMJ Group
Field of Research 1199 - Other Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Human scabies, caused by skin infestation with the arthropod mite, Sarcoptes scabiei, typically results in a papular, intensely pruritic eruption involving the interdigital spaces, and flexure creases. Recent research has led to a reassessment of the morbidity attributable to this parasite in endemic communities, particularly resulting from secondary skin sepsis and postinfective complications including glomerulonephritis. This has led to studies of the benefits of community based control programmes, and to concerns regarding the emergence of drug resistance when such strategies are employed. The renewed research interest into the biology of this infection has resulted in the application of molecular tools. This has established that canine and human scabies populations are genetically distinct, a finding with major implications for the formulation of public health control policies. Further research is needed to increase understanding of drug resistance, and to identify new drug targets and potential vaccine candidates.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/pgmj.2003.014563   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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