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November 1979

Incidence of Scabies in White and Black Populations

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Columbus, Ohio

Arch Dermatol. 1979;115(11):1286. doi:10.1001/archderm.1979.04010110002003

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To the Editor.—  Recent letters concerning the incidence of scabies in various populations have appeared in the Archives by Alexander (114:627, 1978) and by Rietschel et al (115:109-110,1979) and prompt this report. The Venereal Disease Clinic in Columbus, Ohio, has for several years accumulated a wealth of computerized data relating to patient visits that have included the diagnosis of scabies. The diagnosis was made by mite isolation in several cases or was a clinical diagnosis made by an examiner (often a dermatologist) well trained in the clinical manifestation of scabies. Declaration of race is self-proclaimed by the patient on a registration form. The overall clinic population is weighted toward the socioeconomically disadvantaged. Eighty percent of all patients were between 18 and 25 years of age, with a mean age of 22 years. Combined data for 1977 and 1978 are presented in the Table. For this central Ohio population, we conclude

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