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How is scabies spread?

  • Scabies is spread by direct skin-to-skin or close bodily contact.
  • Even the cleanest person can become infested when there is direct, skin-to-skin contact with a person who has scabies.
  • Due to the frequency of infestations on the hands, contact with hands, i.e. shaking or holding hands, can spread scabies.
  • Pets (dogs, cats and rabbits) and some farm animals (goats, horses, cattle and pigs) can be infected with scabies mites, but these are of a different type than human scabies mites. If you have close contact with an animal that has scabies, the mites could get under your skin and cause temporary skin irritation and itching. However, the mites die in a couple of days, and you do not need to be treated with special medication to kill the mites. If a pet or farm animal has scabies, it is important to have the disease treated by a veterinarian or you could continue to get reinfected from the animal.





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