Scabies is a contagious disease caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei var hominis.
The affected individual usually complains of having a highly pruritic rash that occurs at night.
It occurs more often in children <15 years of age, sexually active young adults, the immunocompromised and in persons living in crowded living conditions (eg nursing homes, military barracks).
Transmission is typically by direct skin contact with an infected person and in adults, sexual transmission is common.
The Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*Star) in Singapore and diagnostic corporation MP Biomedicals Asia Pacific have recently developed a rapid antibody test kit that can identify individuals who have been exposed to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within 15 minutes.