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Closely related: Canine scabies also known as sarcoptic mange is a highly contagious infestation of sarcoptes scabiei canis, a burrowing mite. These mite can also infest other mammals for example cats, horses, sheep, and pigs. In humans scabies is due to a closely related species which is adapted to humans (sarcoptes scabiei, variety hominis). ...Read more
Scabies: Scabies mites that live on pets are different from the ones found on Humans. BUT, mites on pets may be transmitted to you from an infested pet. They can burrow under your skin resulting in itching. This type of mite will not reproduce on you & should die within several days. You won't require medication but your animal needs to be treated. Don't know of transmission to humans. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Where did scabies come from? Where did scabies originally come from? Has their host always been primarily humans or can they live in the wild?
Hard to know: Scabies infestation has plagued mankind for thousands of years. We have skin mites normally on our bodies which we are not aware of, the "dust mite" until we get allergies. There are mites that live on other animals eg. Scabetic mange of dogs. Normally these do not live on people. Mites must have a living animal as their host as their eggs dry out after awhile and are no longer infectious. ...Read more
Can i get scabies from contact with a wild animal? Are there any animals that can contract scabies? I heard that house pets cannot, is this true?
Person to Person: Scabies are mites that are transmitted by person to person contact, either from adult to adult, adult to child or child to child.. Since scabies can survive for up to three days without a host, there also have been reported instances of scabies being transmitted through wearing or handling heavily-contaminated clothing. Scabies usually results in severe itching of the skin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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