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East Mediterr Health J. 2009 Sep-Oct;15(5):1105-10.

Risk factors for scabies among male soldiers in Pakistan: case-control study.

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Combined Military Hospital, Abbottabad Cantonment, Pakistan.


Being a preventable disease, good control of scabies can be achieved by identification of risk factors. During the 3-month period February 2006-April 2006 we carried out a case-control study on 200 patients with scabies and 200 controls to identify risk factors for scabies among male soldiers in Pakistan. We identified risk factors for the infestation using logisitic regression analysis. Itching in family/dormitory mates, infrequent bathing, infrequent changing of clothes, low education, sharing beds and being away from the barracks were identified as significant risk factors for scabies, while overcrowding, large family size and sharing of towels and hospitalisation were not.

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