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Fact sheet - Health conditions directory.
Scabies is a skin infestation with a mite called Sarcoptes scabiei. These mites burrow into the skin where they live and reproduce. Eggs laid in the burrows hatch, crawl out onto the skin and make new burrows.
Resources for health professionals
- Scabies: Management in Residential Care Facilities (PDF, 106kB) – these guidelines describe escalating levels of response to a scabies outbreak in a residential care facility, based on specific features of the outbreak situation.