Current Infectious Disease Reports

, Volume 7, Issue 5, pp 373–380

Ectoparasitic infestations

  • Jörg Heukelbach
  • Shelley F. Walton
  • Hermann Feldmeier

DOI: 10.1007/s11908-005-0012-2

Cite this article as:
Heukelbach, J., Walton, S.F. & Feldmeier, H. Curr Infect Dis Rep (2005) 7: 373. doi:10.1007/s11908-005-0012-2


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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