Biology, host relations, and epidemiology of Sarcoptes scabiei

Annu Rev Entomol. 1989;34:139-61. doi: 10.1146/annurev.en.34.010189.001035.


Scabies continues to be an important parasitic disease of humans, and other mammals. Suprisingly for a disease that has afflicted humans since antiquity, little is directly known about the basic biology of the parasite, the host-parasite interactions, the host immune response, and host susceptibility. Much more research in these areas is needed if we are to understand fully the occurrence, transmission, and epidemiology of both human and animal scabies.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibody Formation
  • Antigens / immunology
  • Host-Parasite Interactions
  • Humans
  • Immunity, Cellular
  • Sarcoptes scabiei / immunology
  • Sarcoptes scabiei / physiology*
  • Scabies / epidemiology
  • Scabies / immunology
  • Scabies / parasitology*
  • Scabies / physiopathology
  • Species Specificity


  • Antigens