STORY AT-A-GLANCE
Scabies, caused by the human itch mite, leads to intense itching, rash and potentially serious secondary infections
Scabies has had a “continuously rising incidence worldwide in recent years”
Cream made from permethrin, a pyrethroid insecticide, is one of the most often recommended scabies treatments, but treatment failures, including drug resistance, are common
Two doses of ivermectin cleared scabies in 98% of those treated
Ivermectin isn’t being used as a first-line scabies treatment as widely as it should be, due to its widespread vilification during the COVID-19 pandemic

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