Ectoparasites—the underestimated realm; 2004

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Ectoparasitoses (infestations with parasites that live on or in the skin) are usually considered as vexing disorders and do not attract much clinical attention. But depending on the socioeconomic setting, these infections can carry substantial morbidity and affect much of a population. Ectoparasitic infestations can be sporadic, endemic, or epidemic.