1 IN 270 PEOPLE IN NORTHERN TERRITORY HAVE CRUSTED SCABIES
 

Crusted Scabies is the most severe form of scabies. People can get crusted scabies when their immune system is unable to control the scabies mite reproduction. The mites continue to reproduce under the skin to levels as high as millions. These individuals are therefore highly contagious and can easily spread the disease to others in the household and community. We cannot get rid of scabies unless we eliminate Crusted Scabies first.

Crusted Scabies is not only painful but also incredibly disfiguring, as thick crusting can form on the skin. These people suffer in silence and shame, receiving little ongoing care.

Furthermore, if untreated, they have a 50% mortality rate over 5 years.

We must treat those who need us the most.

Hear Stephen tell his story about living with Crusted Scabies.

 
 
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WHY SCABIES?

7 IN 10 INDIGENOUS BABIES SUFFER FROM SCABIES AT LEAST ONCE BEFORE THEIR FIRST BIRTHDAY

If you thought it was just an itch, think again. Without treatment, scabies can lead to a number of chronic secondary conditions, even premature death.

Scabies is a highly contagious disease that spreads via skin-to-skin contact. When a female mite burrows under the skin and lays eggs, this triggers an immune response to control the mite reproduction, causing irritation.

A simple scabies elimination campaign will not work unless we eliminate Crusted Scabies first.

WHAT HAPPENS IF SCABIES IS LEFT UNTREATED?

If untreated, scabies can lead to a number of more serious health problems later on in life, like kidney failure and/or rheumatic heart fever. Scratching the sores can lead to the opening of skin which allows Streptococcal A bacteria to enter. It's this bacteria that can then lead to kidney failure and rheumatic heart fever. Repeated episodes of rheumatic heart fever increases the likelihood of developing rheumatic heart disease later in life. Indigenous people in the Northern Territory of Australia have the highest documented incidents of rheumatic heart fever and rheumatic heart disease in the world (Menzies School of Health Research, 2013).

Downstream consequences of scabies make up a significant proportion of premature mortality in Indigenous people, adding to the 10-17 year life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.