Scabies and bedbugs in hospital outbreaks

Maroun Sfeir, L. Silvia Munoz-Price

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Scabies and bedbugs are two emerging ectoparasitic infections reported in crowded areas, including hospitals. Skin involvement is the main presenting initial manifestation for both infections, and the diagnosis is yet challenging for both. Topical permethrin is considered the first-line therapy for scabies except for crusted scabies which is mainly treated with oral ivermectin. To the contrary, treatment of bedbugs is mainly symptomatic. Avoiding close contact, early diagnosis and treatment of infected persons as well as decontamination of the involved environment play an essential role in controlling outbreaks in healthcare settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number412
JournalCurrent Infectious Disease Reports
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2014


  • Cimex lectularius
  • Control measures
  • Healthcare
  • Outbreak
  • Sarcoptes scabiei

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases


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