Individual cases of this infestation in the community are not reportable to public health. All outbreaks that occur in long-term care, schools and other institutions are immediately reportable to the local health department. Outbreak guidance can be found under Resources & References.

Scabies is a skin condition caused by a parasite known as the human itch mite. The mite burrows into the upper layer of the skin where it lives and lays its eggs. Scabies mites do not transmit disease but the burrowing and feeding process causes irritation and allergic responses to the infestation. Any person who has direct skin to skin contact with someone who has scabies may be at risk for infestation. The most common symptom is itching, especially at night or after a hot shower and a red, itchy rash is usually seen.

Last Reviewed: 1/24/2018