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Acta Parasitol ; 67(2): 802-808, 2022 Jun.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1859108


BACKGROUND: There is an increase in the incidence of scabies in Turkey, which started before the Covid-19 pandemic, and this situation is considered as an epidemic. With this study, we aimed to reveal the prevalence of scabies during the pandemic period and the risk factors that are effective in the transmission of scabies. METHODS: Our study was performed as a cross-sectional study in 376 patients who applied to our dermatology outpatient clinic between 1st and 30th April 2021. Sociodemographic and socioeconomic characteristics, living space, health behavior, and health care utilization of the patients were questioned. RESULTS: The prevalence of scabies was determined as 10.9%. Features such as sex, area of residence, age, formal education status, employment status, total income, number of shower, number of people per room, water source, and heating method, which were found to be significant as a result of the double test, were included in the logistic regression analysis. Scabies was found 2.728 times (CI 1.325-5.557) more in those who live in rural areas than those who live in urban areas, 2.714 times (CI 1.365-5.451) more in men than women, 2.707 times (CI 1.256-5.833) more in nonworking than working, 2.354 times (CI 1.057-5.243) more in those with less than 9 showers per month than those with 9 or more showers per month. CONCLUSION: During the Covid-19 pandemic period, the prevalence of scabies in Turkey is increasing and it is becoming a serious health problem. Our study emphasizes this increase and determines the risk factors for transmission.

COVID-19 , Scabies , COVID-19/epidemiology , Cross-Sectional Studies , Female , Hospitals , Humans , Male , Pandemics , Prevalence , Risk Factors , Scabies/epidemiology , Turkey/epidemiology