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Sarcoptes scabiei (Itch mite)

Sarcoptes scabiei is a 0.2 to 0.5 mm long mite of the Sarcoptidae family. In humans, the mite elicits scabies, which is characterised by severe itching, nodules and pustules in the skin.

The main transmission path is direct or indirect contact with contaminated persons or objects.

For a successful inactivation of parasites, specific disinfectants effective against parasites are required.