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Number of People Infested by Scabies Rise to 2000

The most affected people are in Kyabigambire, Buseruka, Kitoba, Buraru,Kijongo and Kigorobya sub counties.

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The number of people infested by scabies in Hoima district has reached 2000. The most affected people are in Kyabigambire, Buseruka, Kitoba, Buraru,Kijongo and Kigorobya sub counties.

Last week health officials reported 1500 cases but following another community survey conducted this week, it was found out that 500 more people had acquired the disease.

Fredrick Byenume, the Hoima district Health inspector says next week they will commence mass treatment of people who are infested by the disease in order to contain it from further spreading.  

Byenume cautioned people to protect themselves by maintaining good personal hygiene and avoiding contact with a person who has scabies.

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Scabies is caused by the parasitic Sarcoptes scabiei mite, which quickly spreads from person to person, especially those in crowded living conditions or with a lack of access to clean water.   

The mites cause a pimple-like rash that is severely itchy, and occasionally, tiny burrows may be seen in the skin.    

According to Byenume, if not immediately controlled, the disease could spread through out the district.

He says currently they are waiting for medicine from the health ministry to commence the mass treatment of the disease next week.  

In March this year, scabies devastated Abangi, Onin, Bisaju and Ogadra villages in Budongo Sub County in Masindi district. The most affected were pupils of Kasenene primary school.       

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), scabies affect more than 130 million people at any time.     

However, children and the elderly in resource-poor communities are the most susceptible to scabies as well as to secondary complications of infestation.  

The highest rates occur in countries with hot, tropical climates, where infestation is endemic, especially in communities where overcrowding and poverty coexist.    

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