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Published Date: 2018-04-13 14:38:49
Subject: PRO/EDR> Scabies - Kuwait: (KU)
Archive Number: 20180413.5745215
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Date: Thu 12 Apr 2018
Source: Arab Times Kuwait English Daily [edited]

Almost 270 cases of scabies disease have been recorded lately in the country. Among them, 200 cases were recorded in Adan Hospital and the remaining 70 were recorded in Jahra Hospital.

The recorded cases are within Ahmadi and Jahra governorates, while it is widespread in Khafji and Hafr Al-Baten areas along Saudi border. This revelation coincided with a series of cases recorded in several regions of Saudi Arabia, especially along the border of Kuwait.

There are growing concerns that the disease could spread massively across the country if not handled properly in accordance with the rules and regulations. This includes providing necessary treatment to the affected people and raising awareness among citizens and expatriates.

According to spokesperson of Ministry of Health Dr. Ahmad Al-Shatti, individual cases within the country cannot be regarded as an epidemic.

He [Dr. Ahmad Al-Shatti] assured that the authority will take necessary steps to wipe out the disease, raise the level of awareness and instruct doctors to treat affected people with authorized medications. Dr Al-Shatti did not rule out the possibility that several cases could be recorded without reaching the level of epidemic, especially since the ministry has enough medicines to deal with the disease.

[Byline: Stephanie McGehee]

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[Just a week ago [week of Sun 1 Apr 2018] ProMED reported a widespread outbreak of Scabies in schools in Mecca, which was not related to the Umrah. This report suggests that at least some cases have links to Saudi Arabia. Further epidemiological mapping is needed. As discussed in our posting the [Fri 6 Apr 2018], scabies is highly contagious and outbreaks are usually seen in cramped conditions with poor hygiene. It is important to treat both patients and close contacts for instance the entire household. Classical treatment with for instance a whole body cream containing a pyrethroid has been replaced by treatment with oral ivermectin.

A map of Kuwait: - Mod.EP]

See Also

Scabies - Saudi Arabia: (MK): 20180406.5728889
Scabies - Spain (02): (CT): 20180203.5604420
Scabies - Spain: (CT) 20180121.5574372
Scabies - France: (Paris) migrants: 20170616.5109528
Scabies - USA: (TN) jail outbreak: 20170613.5102668
Scabies - United States: (IL) crusted (Norwegian), Nursing Home: 20160711.4337863
Scabies - Switzerland: (SG) asylum seekers: 20151130.3829354
Scabies - France: (PC) illegal immigrants, skin infections: 20150808.3566562
Scabies, nursing home - Spain: (La Rioja): 20111231.3716

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