+ Site Statistics
+ Search Articles
+ PDF Full Text Service
How our service works
Request PDF Full Text
+ Follow Us
Follow on Facebook
Follow on Twitter
Follow on LinkedIn
+ Subscribe to Site Feeds
Most Shared
PDF Full Text
+ Translate
+ Recently Requested

Epidemiology of scabies in the West Bank, Palestinian Territories (Occupied)



Epidemiology of scabies in the West Bank, Palestinian Territories (Occupied)



International Journal of Infectious Diseases 16(2): E117



Scabies is a disease that is considered a public health problem in the Palestinian Territories and in other countries around the world. Scabies causes skin lesions leading to substantial morbidity, and is also associated with social stigma. In this study we describe the epidemiology of scabies in the West Bank, Palestine during the years 2005-2010. We examined the records and profiles of a total of 1734 patients who were admitted to the dermatology clinics of the Palestinian Ministry of Health in 2005-2010. The disease was found to be prevalent in all governorates. The average annual incidence of scabies in the West Bank for 2005-2010 was 17/100,000 population. The average number of scabies patients per year in the West Bank was 26.3 per governorate, with a significant increase in the years 2009 and 2010 (p<0.001). Disease occurrence was significantly higher among children aged ≤ 10 years than in the other age groups, in adult females in the age groups of 31-40 and 41-50 years compared to males in these age groups, and in males in the age group of 11-20 years compared to females in that age group. Scabies was found in all governorates of the Palestinian West Bank. Individuals under 20 years of age are particularly at risk. Compulsory reporting of scabies to the Palestinian Ministry of Health would be expected to increase awareness of the disease, which is crucial for the prevention and control of scabies in the Palestinian Territories.

Please choose payment method:






(PDF emailed within 0-6 h: $19.90)

Accession: 036277662

Download citation: RISBibTeXText

PMID: 22142897

DOI: 10.1016/j.ijid.2011.10.005


Related references

Deaths among young, single women in 2000-2001 in the West Bank, Palestinian Occupied Territories. Reproductive Health Matters 16(31): 112-121, 2008

Cancer mortality in the West Bank, Occupied Palestinian Territory. Bmc Public Health 16: 76, 2016

Palestinian nurses' lived experiences working in the occupied West Bank. International Nursing Review 64(1): 83-90, 2017

Select bibliography on the economy of the Occupied Palestinian Territory (West Bank and Gaza Strip). 1991

Perspectives on induced abortion among Palestinian women: religion, culture and access in the occupied Palestinian territories. Culture Health and Sexuality 20(3): 289-305, 2018

The psychological impact of the Intifada on Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank and Gaza: an exploratory study. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 60(4): 496-505, 1990

Using geographical information systems to analyse accessibility to health services in the West Bank, occupied Palestinian territory. Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal 18(8): 796-802, 2012

Genetic characterization of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in the West Bank, Palestinian Territories. Bmc Research Notes 5: 270, 2012

Mortality patterns in the West Bank, Palestinian Territories, 1999-2003. Preventing Chronic Disease 5(4): A112, 2008

Assessment of services for diabetes mellitus in clinics in Ramallah, West Bank, occupied Palestinian territory: an evaluation study. Lancet 380: S39-S40, 2012

Health expectancy in the occupied Palestinian territory: estimates from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank: based on surveys from 2006 to 2010. Bmj Open 2(6):, 2012

Maternal near miss in four governmental hospitals in the West Bank, occupied Palestinian territory, in 2010: a retrospective, facility-based survey. Lancet 380: S37-S38, 2012

Facts and realities of wastewater disposal and rainfed cisterns in the West Bank of the Palestinian territories. Agricultural And Biosystems Engineering For A Sustainable World: National Conference On Agricultural Engineering, Hersonissos, Crete, Greece, 23-25 E,, 2008

Rational use effects of implementing an essential medicines list in West Bank, Palestinian Territories. Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 9(3): 243-250, 2009

First-time detection of Mycobacterium bovis in livestock tissues and milk in the West Bank, Palestinian Territories. Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases 7(9): E2417, 2013