Scabies in Children in Sector Gaza

Thaer Almomani
2014 World Family Medicine Journal/Middle East Journal of Family Medicine  
Objectives: To present a profile of scabies in children in sector Gaza. Methods: All patients who were seen in the outpatient clinic in Jordanian hospital in Gaza between 25/11/2010 and 24/01/2011 and who presented with itching, were examined for scabies. Patients were divided into three age groups: group I: 0-4 years, group II: 4-8 years and group III: 8-14 years. Results: A total of 5430 children were seen in outpatient clinic for various diseases and conditions during the study period. 145
more » ... ses of scabies were reported with 98 males and 47 females. Scabies was higher in age group II: age 4-8 years, followed by group III; 8-14 years. The incidence of scabies among children seen in the clinic was 0.02% and was higher in males. The commonest manifestation was night itching followed by skin marks. Conclusion: Scabies is a common disease among children in Gaza. Major contributing factors to this disease are: crowding, poor hygiene, scarce water supplies and low socio-economic class.
doi:10.5742/mewfm.2014.92546 fatcat:oajvdxrvavbi5bugz344m2iehu