Twenty-two cases of human infestation with Sarcoptes scabiei variety canis contracted from pets with canine scabies were seen. The characteristic features of the condition in humans include the sudden onset of intensely pruritic papules and vesicles on areas of contact with the pet, often occurring simultaneously in several members of the family, the lack of burrows and great difficulty in demonstrating mites in the human, and the excellent response to scabicides. Canine infestations occur more frequently in puppies and are manifested by erythema, scaling, and papules occurring initially in the axillary and inguinal areas. The lesions may spread over the entire body and are associated with intense pruritus and the development of alopecia. Mites may be demonstrated in scrapings from the ears and intertriginous folds of the dog.
Smith EB, Claypoole TF. Canine Scabies in Dogs and in Humans. JAMA. 1967;199(2):59–64. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120020053008
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