Increase of scabies infestations, Norway, 2006 to 2018

Euro Surveill. 2019 Jun;24(23):190020. doi: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2019.24.23.190020.


Between October and December 2018, several clinicians in Norway reported an increase in scabies diagnoses. We compared data from the Norwegian Syndromic Surveillance System on medical consultations for mite infestations with scabies treatment sales data to investigate this reported increase. From 2013 to 2018, consultations and sales of scabies treatments had almost increased by threefold, particularly affecting young adults 15-29 years. We recommend to increase awareness among clinicians to ensure timely diagnosis and treatment.

Keywords: Epidemiology; Mite infestations; Norway; Outbreak; Scabies; Syndromic surveillance; Treatment.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Middle Aged
  • Mite Infestations / epidemiology*
  • Norway / epidemiology
  • Scabies / diagnosis
  • Scabies / epidemiology*
  • Sentinel Surveillance
  • Young Adult