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Research in Medical & Engineering Sciences

Prevelance of Scabies among School Going Children in Kashmir

  • Open or CloseMubashar Mashqoor Mir1* and Mohammad Sarwar Mir2

    1Post Graduate Department of Dermatology, Government Medical College, India

    2Department of Hospital Administration, SKIMS, India

    *Corresponding author: Mohammad Sarwar Mir, Senior Resident, Department of Hospital Administration, SKIMS, Srinagar, India

Submission: March 25, 2018; Published: April 06, 2018

ISSN : 2576-8816
Volume4 Issue4


Background:Scabies is a worldwide contagious skin disease. School environment makes students vulnerable to cross-transmission ofcommunicable skin diseases.

Aim: This study aims to estimate the prevalence of scabies amongst school students and to determine the predisposing factors of scabies infestation in public and private schools.

Methods: This was a cross-sectional descriptive study conducted over a period two months. Students were selected from different schools and grades with a total of 3000.

Results: Scabies prevalence was 4.8% in the study group. The prevalence was higher in public schools than private schools and in boys more than girls.

Conclusion: Scabies remains a significant public health problem. Regular screenings and periodic health education programs for students and their parents promoting health awareness and attitudes are of prime importance.

Keywords: School students; Scabies; Prevalence

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