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Scabies cases have ‘multiplied 10-15 times in the last year’ in Seville, Spain




By NewsDesk  @bactiman63 

Seville dermatologists warn of the increase in scabies cases that are being experienced. The strict confinements, a result of the COVID-19 pandemic mitigation efforts, is being blamed for the saturation of this ailment.

Scabies mite/CDC

“It has multiplied 10-15 times in the last year” especially “since after the summer”, according to Julián Conejo-Mir, a dermatologist at the Virgen del Rocío Hospital .

 “During the pandemic and lockdown, families have been forced to live together for a long time. Most of the patients we detect this disease in now are cases that started late last year or early 2021 due to the delay in patient consultations with specialists”, he says.

According to the CDC, typical scabies is a non-life threatening, easily treatable infestation of the skin by the human itch mite. Symptoms of scabies include intense itching and a pimple-like rash. It is usually spread by direct, prolonged, skin-to-skin contact with a person.

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However, in the case of immunocompromised patients, the elderly, the disabled or debilitated, crusted scabies is more easily transmitted through casual contact with the patient or the environment. While the risk of exposure to scabies is of concern, clinically it is described as a nuisance rather than a health concern. It is easily treatable with an ointment or oral medication.

 

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