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October 1976

Scabies in Greece

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Athens, Greece

Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(10):1466. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630340078024

To the Editor.—  After reading your very interesting editorial titled "Today's Scabies,"1 we would like to add some information from Greece.Here a scabies epidemic was first noted in 1968 in a paper from a military hospital. The author wrote that the incidence of scabies, which had ranged between 0.00% and 0.17% among the outpatients of the dermatologic ward in previous years, increased to 1.20% in 1968 and 1.36% in 1969.2One of us (G. A. R.) noticed a small epidemic in a military unit in northeastern Greece in 1971. Both of us observed a larger epidemic in 1973 in a rural district of central Greece. This last epidemic affected poor peasants living under bad sanitary and demographic conditions. The same epidemic was spread to a boarding school by children who had spent their weekends at home.Treatment in both instances consisted of improvement of sanitary

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