Current Infectious Disease Reports

, Volume 7, Issue 5, pp 373-380

First online:

Ectoparasitic infestations

  • Jörg HeukelbachAffiliated withDepartamento de Saúde Comunitária, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade Federal do Ceará
  • , Shelley F. Walton
  • , Hermann Feldmeier

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Ectoparasitic infestations are highly prevalent in resourcepoor populations throughout the world and are associated with considerable morbidity. Reliable data on the epidemiology, immunology, and therapy of ectoparasitic infestations and on the biology of the parasites remain scarce. The control of parasitic skin diseases, such as scabies, pediculosis, tungiasis, myiasis, and cutaneous larva migrans in endemic areas remains a challenge. Using appropriate study designs, it is imperative to increase further the knowledge on the various aspects of the parasites and the infestations they cause.