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.