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February 1949


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1949;59(2):175-178. doi:10.1001/archderm.1949.01520270051005

MANY animals and birds are infested with itch mites of different types. Each species of the mite is for the most part restricted to a habitual host. However, sometimes human beings, as a consequence of close contact with infested animals, acquire the infestation. This is true for dog and cat and uncommonly for avian infestations. Little is known about scabies in the monkey. A case of infection with Sarcoptes scabiei from an orangutan was presented by Weidman1 in which a single female acarus and several ova were found on scrapings. These were identical with the form seen in human beings. Toomey,2 in his extensive paper on scabies of animal origin, referred to Weidman's case and stated that several animals, among which is the monkey, rarely cause scabies in human beings. Scabies from animals, then, is uncommon among attendants at Zoological Gardens. Mellanby,3 in his vast experience with