Interventions for preventing the spread of infestation in close contacts of people with scabies

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There is no evidence to support the effectiveness of providing prophylactic treatments for close contacts of people with scabies for the prevention of re-infestation or spread of infestation in contacts.

Scabies is a parasitic infection that spreads from person to person through skin contact. Where contact with infected persons is experienced, preventative treatments to reduce the risk of developing symptoms and also, further infections in those already affected are provided. The aim of this review was to assess the effects of prophylactic interventions for contacts of people with scabies to prevent re-infestation or spread of infestation in contacts. Well-designed studies (RCTs) are needed with people who have had about six weeks contact with infected persons.

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