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Scabies question

jjblanc at ibm.net jjblanc at ibm.net
Tue Aug 1 20:11:29 EST 1995

A friend of mine had scabies a few months ago. He recovered, but now he's down again.
He's just had a baby (well, his wife has), and they're obviously paranoid about passing it on to her. 
I'd be most grateful if anyone could answer these simple questions...
Can the scabies bug remain dormant for months?
Can it be transmitted by any means other than skin contact? (e.g. carpets, sofas, etc?)
A combination of yes's and no's will do fine for an answer
Thanks in advance!
Julian Blanc.

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