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2019 Jun 13

BMC Public Health



Outbreak of scabies among preschool children, Accra, Ghana, 2017.


Kaburi B B, Ameme D K, Adu-Asumah G, Dadzie D, Tender E K, Addeh S V, Aryee T, Addo-Lartey A, Sackey S O, Wurapa F, Afari E A, Kenu E
BMC Public Health. 2019 Jun 13; 19(1):746.
PMID: 31196056.


Scabies occurs worldwide with a prevalence between 0.3 and 46.0%. In Ghana, even though a 5.1% proportion of scabies was reported in a retrospective review of skin diseases at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, the nationwide prevalence of scabies is unknown. Overall, its burden is higher in tropical regions. Scabies outbreaks mostly occur among children, the elderly in nursing homes, and prison inmates. Even though primary scabies hardly results in mortalities, the pain, itch, and systemic complications from secondary bacterial infections account for about 1.5 million years lived with disabilities. We investigated a scabies outbreak among school children in Ghana to determine its magnitude, stop the outbreak, and institute preventive measures to minimize risks of future outbreaks.