Scabies happens to be one of the most discussed communicable parasites on the web. Loads of posting are dedicated to the subject and there are people who claim to receive the infestations from their hotel beddings. There is a myth that scabies is a disease confined to the poor countries, however it has to be realised that there are 300 million cases of scabies each year, out of which 1 million cases are reported from United States itself.
Scabies on humans is caused by parasites known as Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis. The adult female mite would burrow into the upper surface of the skin and deposit eggs. With this reproductive cycle under the skin, the infestation can cause itchiness and rash. The symptoms are known to appear about 2-6 weeks after the initial exposure and can appear sooner if the individual has been infected before. The condition is known to spread through direct skin contact, even if the infested individual does not show any symptoms.
As reported by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), scabies could be passed on by prolonged skin contact, however in case of Norwegian scabies; the infestation could be passed by brief exposure to the bedding or the clothing of the infected individual. There have been cases where people have contracted scabies from the rooms of well-known motels. There are thousands of hits on the internet with the search term -Scabies from Hotels’. At the same time as direct skin transmission is