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Scabies

Scabies is an infestation of the skin caused by parasitic mites called Sarcoptes scabei. Scabies mites are found worldwide and can affect all races and socioeconomic classes in all climates. The female mite burrows under the top layer of the skin to lay eggs and can remain there for two months. The eggs hatch and become adult mites within ten days and can continue the infestation until proper treatment is applied.

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