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What causes scabies?

Scabies is caused by the tiny parasitic mite, Sarcoptes scabiei, burrowing under the skin's surface to lay its eggs. It cannot be seen with the naked eye and is passed on by close physical contact, especially skin-to-skin contact. In rare cases, scabies may also be transmitted without direct contact through shared household items.

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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
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