Current Infectious Disease Reports

, Volume 7, Issue 5, pp 373–380 | Cite as

Ectoparasitic infestations

  • Jörg Heukelbach
  • Shelley F. Walton
  • Hermann Feldmeier

Abstract

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.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jörg Heukelbach
    • 1
  • Shelley F. Walton
  • Hermann Feldmeier
  1. 1.Departamento de Saúde Comunitária, Faculdade de MedicinaUniversidade Federal do CearáFortalezaBrazil

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