Introduction to scabies clinical research

The second speaker at the Health Research Institute Networking Forum on 24 November was Jackson Thomas. He tackled the ticklish topic of scabies, a parasite causing all sorts of rashes and sores. WHO listed it as a neglected tropical disease in 2013. Current treatments such as ivermectin are not easy to administer, especially in Indigenous communities, and resistance of the mite itself is also developing. Jackson will be studying whether tea tree oil will work, starting off with an animal trial in pigs.

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