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JADRAQUE, Pablo; MARANTE, Alicia  and  ALMERIA, Irene. Contagion risk and prevention of nosocomial outbreaks due to Sarcoptes scabiei. Infect. [online]. 2010, vol.14, n.4, pp.258-263. ISSN 0123-9392.

Introduction. Sarcoptes scabiei outbreaks are common in all types of health institutions, starting mostly from patients with Norwegian scabies. Recommendations for action are growing stronger, such as early and aggressive action even in unclear cases. Materials and methods. This article describes an outbreak where aggressive action was taken, but only when nosocomial transmission was demonstrated. Objectives. To describe and assess the consequences of this decision. Results and discussion. A small epidemic occurred, but given the lightness of the infestation consequences and that the spread of cases across the institution was avoided from the beginning, the authors believe that a delay in the implementation of aggressive measures favors a more judicious use of resources, if it allows to assess the risk unambiguously and is short termed.

Keywords : Sarcoptes scabiei; scabies [prevention & control].

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