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TITLE:

KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE OF SCABIES AMONG GENERAL POPULATION IN MAJMAAH CITY, SAUDI ARABIA, 2018

AUTHORS:

Rasheed Khalid Baradah, Abdullah Ayidh Alotaibi , Ahmed Abdulrhman Aldahash,Khalid Ayidh Alotaibi, Ahmad Nueva AlMutairy, Anas saad alsaab,Yasser Suliman Aleliwi

ABSTRACT:

Human scabies is a parasitic infestation caused by Sarcoptes scabiei var hominis. The mite, barely visible to the naked eye, burrows into the epidermis and lays eggs, triggering a host immune response that leads to intense itching in response to just a few mites. Recently, Saudi Arabia has outbreak of scabies, especially in Mecca and western area. Saudi Ministry of Health announced that 619 cases have been discovered in Mecca, only 11 cases of them are Saudis. Scabies is treated by, Eradication of mites, there are relatively few well-designed trials comparing treatments for scabies. So the study amid to stand over the level of the knowledge and attitude of Scabies among general population in Majmaah City in 2018. As Scabies became one of the commonest dermatological problems worldwide, its prevalence is increasing in Saudi Arabia nowadays. However, it is easily prevented it by education, specially the participants showed that level of knowledge of Scabies disease was high among participants since there were 96.6% had ever heard about scabies disease before. Overall, findings indicated reasonable awareness of the general population in Majmaah city about the seriousness of Scabies disease. Where 47% of participants have very strong knowledge about scabies, and around 12% totally know it, while only 5% do not know scabies at all or have very week knowledge about it. They also showed a high attitude towards dealing with scabies and infected persons. In addition, participants showed a high knowledge of disease and its causes, symptoms, and ways of transmission. Hence, there is a need for increasing health education and raising awareness and more implementation of prevention programs for scabies in order to decrease the incidence and consequences of these disease.

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