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- Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis, an obligate parasite, the "itch mite" burrows and reproduces under human skin. Transmission by prolonged skin-to-skin contact.
- Scabere, to scratch, from Latin. Pruritis due to intense hypersensitivity reaction generated by mite, ova, and excrement, which occurs 2-6 wks after infestation.