How Do You Get Infected with Scabies? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Scabies is a widespread disease affecting millions worldwide. It can be transmitted mostly through human contact to other individuals who have the condition. But there are also other factors how a person can catch this very uncomfortable disease. We have an infographic to show you where and how you could get infected with Scabies: 

how do you get infected with scabies?

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How do you get infected with scabies?

Scabies occurs worldwide and affects people of all races and social classes. It can spread rapidly in crowded conditions where close body contact is frequent. 

A detailed insight how you innocently get infected with the notorious mite:

Human Interaction

Scabies is very contagious and can be spread by scratching an infected area. It can spread through physical contact with an infected person for a prolonged period of time. This infestation can spread easily under crowded conditions where close body and skin contact is common. Institutions such as nursing homes, extended-care facilities, and prisons are often sites of scabies outbreaks. Child care facilities also are a common site of the mite infestations.

Indirect Contact

It can also be spread through contact with other objects, such as clothing, bedding, furniture, or surfaces with which a person infected with scabies might have come in contact. Infestation can occur possibly from sleeping in infested bedding, wearing infested clothing, even routine contact such as shaking or holding hands. Transmission from a toilet seat may be possible, but is unlikely.

Occurrence in Animals

Scabies may occur in a number of domestic and wild animals. The most frequently diagnosed form of scabies in domestic animals is sarcoptic mange, which is found on dogs. This disease is caused by the subspecies Sarcoptes scabiei canis. Scabies-infected domestic fowl suffer what is known as “scaly leg”. Nondomestic animals have also been observed to suffer from scabies. Gorillas, for instance, are known to be susceptible to infection via contact with items used by humans.

Sexual Transmission

You can get the mites by close body contact, which includes having sex. It can be transmitted through sexual intercourse even if a latex condom is used, because it is transmitted from skin-to-skin at sites other than sex organs. Scabies in adults frequently is sexually acquired, which is why it is considered now as a widespread STD (sexually transmitted disease).

WARNING: An infested person can spread the mites even if he or she has no symptoms.


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