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What increases my risk for scabies?

Scabies is a parasitic, contagious infection. People with a weakened immune systems or chronic illness are more likely to contract the disease. Examples of such groups include HIV patients, cancer patients, and very old people. In addition, the disease spreads through contact with people who are infected with scabies. Using the same bedcovers, clothes, and objects all increase the risk for scabies.

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