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February 1971

Epidemic Scabies

Author Affiliations

USAF; Iowa City

From the Department of Dermatology, University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City.

Arch Dermatol. 1971;103(2):168-173. doi:10.1001/archderm.1971.04000140054009

On a Dermatologic Hospital Service in 1968 to 1969, three distinct epidemics of classical scabies, totaling 54 cases, originated from a noninstitutionalized male mongoloid with Norwegian ("crusted") scabies. There is great likelihood of a resurgence in the incidence of scabietic infestation. An increased suspicion may allow the diagnosis to be made rapidly by a simple potassium hydroxide examination. We have found a simplified, expedient, and effective innovation in treating scabies with 1% gamma benzene hexachloride.

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