Scabies and bedbugs in hospital outbreaks

Maroun Sfeir, Luisa Munoz-Price

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Abstract

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
Article number412
JournalCurrent Infectious Disease Reports
Volume16
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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Bedbugs
Scabies
Disease Outbreaks
Permethrin
Ivermectin
Decontamination
Infection
Early Diagnosis
Delivery of Health Care
Skin
Therapeutics

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases

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Scabies and bedbugs in hospital outbreaks. / Sfeir, Maroun; Munoz-Price, Luisa.

In: Current Infectious Disease Reports, Vol. 16, No. 8, 412, 01.01.2014.

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