Scabies Risk Factors
Scabies is caused by an infestation of tiny (microscopic) mites in the skin.
These mites are spread by people, not animals.
The mites are highly contagious so the biggest risk factor is being around someone who has scabies.
It is often passed between people who live together and between sexual partners.
It also tends to be more common in places such as day care centers, nursing homes and prisons.
Up next, ways of preventing scabies.