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October 1961

Sarcoptic Mange in the HumanA Report of an Epidemic of 10 Cases of Infection by Sarcoptes Scabiei, Variety Canis

Arch Dermatol. 1961;84(4):633-636. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580160097017

Introduction  Current authorities1,2 state that on rare occasions humans can contract a scabieslike syndrome by infectious contact with domestic animals suffering from the "sarcoptic mange" or "scab." Such an affliction represents the transmission of the itch mite characteristic of the animal to an unusual host, man. As man is so rarely affected, it is considered that his susceptibility to infestation is low, and that such infestations, when they occur, are self-limiting and of extremely short duration.Although it is stated that human beings can be infested by the dog mite, a review of the English literature reveals no case reports. Baker3 mentions 2 cases reported in the French literature, but there is no apparent recording of an epidemic of the disease. The following represents a report of such an epidemic observed in Minnesota in April, 1961.

Report of Cases  A 5-year-old obviously pregnant Mexican Chihuahua dog was received

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