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...Human scabies is caused by the S scabiei mite, var hominis, an obligate human parasite (see Media File 1). Animal scabies mites may result in transient symptoms in humans, but they are not a cause of persistent infestations. The most efficient means of transmission is via direct and prolonged contact with an infected individual. Mites can survive up to 3 days away from human skin, so fomites such as infested bedding or clothing are an alternate but infrequent source of transmission....more from: http://www.emedicine.com/DERM/topic382.htm
Thank you so much iko, super informative and reassuring!