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What percentage of people get scabies from staying in a hotel?

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Posted on Wed, 4 Jul 2012
Question: what percentage of people get scabies from staying in a hotel
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Answered by Dr. Gaurang Krishna (19 minutes later)
Hello,
thanks for writing in.

Now that's a difficult one to answer.

Actually no one has looked at it. And it will be a very difficult study to do, too.

Nevertheless, I will try to answer it.

There are two scenarios.
Scenario 1. Hotel Stayers who get scabies (people who rented a hotel and got scabies/total number of people who rented a hotel)

I would say the percentage is very very very low..maybe less than thousandth of a percent.

Scenario 2- Scabies patient who acquired it from a hotel room (scabies patient who recently stayed in a hotel/total number of scabies patients)

This percentage may be a little higher because of the sheer low volume of the denominator (as compared to scenario 1). I would say perhaps a little less than 1%.

Most patients (adults) acquire scabies from a household contact (higher hours spent together) and pediatric patients mostly acquire it from school.

I would say that the number of people who acquire it from a hotel is very low.

There is no calculated percentage.

I know that this may not be the answer you are looking for. But I tried to explain the scenario.

Thanks
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What percentage of people get scabies from staying in a hotel?

Hello,
thanks for writing in.

Now that's a difficult one to answer.

Actually no one has looked at it. And it will be a very difficult study to do, too.

Nevertheless, I will try to answer it.

There are two scenarios.
Scenario 1. Hotel Stayers who get scabies (people who rented a hotel and got scabies/total number of people who rented a hotel)

I would say the percentage is very very very low..maybe less than thousandth of a percent.

Scenario 2- Scabies patient who acquired it from a hotel room (scabies patient who recently stayed in a hotel/total number of scabies patients)

This percentage may be a little higher because of the sheer low volume of the denominator (as compared to scenario 1). I would say perhaps a little less than 1%.

Most patients (adults) acquire scabies from a household contact (higher hours spent together) and pediatric patients mostly acquire it from school.

I would say that the number of people who acquire it from a hotel is very low.

There is no calculated percentage.

I know that this may not be the answer you are looking for. But I tried to explain the scenario.

Thanks