by Chante Karimkhani, Danny V Colombara, Aaron M Drucker et al.
Lancet Infect Dis 2017 – Published Online September 20, 2017
Numerous population-based studies have documented high prevalence of scabies in overcrowded settings, particularly among children and in tropical regions. The authors provide an estimate of the global burden of scabies using data from the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study 2015. They conclude that the burden of scabies is greater in tropical regions, especially in children, adolescents, and elderly people. As a worldwide epidemiological assessment, GBD 2015 provides broad and frequently updated measures of scabies burden in terms of skin effects. These global data might help guide research protocols and prioritisation efforts and focus scabies treatment and control measures.