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June 1979

Scabies in Blacks-Reply

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Los Angeles

Arch Dermatol. 1979;115(6):675. doi:10.1001/archderm.1979.04010060001003

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In Reply.—  Dr Lomholt, it is interesting that so far, only eight US physicians have responded to my request for documented cases of scabies in blacks. Of these, five have reported only one case, two of which occurred in patients from the West Indies. A sixth physician reported two documented cases, in fair-complexioned individuals, one of whom had probably contracted the disease while in Africa. Another physician having a 20% black patient population states that though he has diagnosed scabies in over 1,000 patients in the past five years, only ten of these cases have been in blacks, and of these ten, only three have been proven by microscopic diagnosis. The last physician, who sees patients on the island of Granada, states that 20% to 40% of his patients have scabies.Several European physicians have responded to my letter with statements about seeing either numerous cases of scabies in blacks

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