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What is scabies?
Scabies is a common, itchy skin reaction caused by a mite (Sarcoptes scabiei) that affects only humans. The mite is very small and can only be seen under a microscope. The female mites burrow under the skin to feed and lay eggs. These mites cannot jump or fly, and in most cases can only survive for less than three days off the body. An infested person typically has only 10-15 mites on their body. Scabies is found worldwide and affects people of all races and social classes.

Common site of Scabies rash is between the fingers.

For information on how to indentify and treat please use these fact sheets: