Scabies cases on the rise in Newman
Newman residents are being warned about scabies cases increasing again this year.
After an increase in infections in September last year, the WA Country Health Service managed to reduce the number of infections between October and January through education and health promotions in Newman schools and childcare facilities.
However, in February and March this year, more cases were reported, although had not reached schools and childcare facilities yet.
The most common sign of scabies infection is an itching rash with small, slightly raised spots and can affect the whole body.
Treated with a cream called Lyclear, WACHS will continue its free treatment to the community to help reduce the number of infections. Residents can obtain the cream from Sonic Health Plus GP surgery, Hilditch Pharmacy and Boulevard Pharmacy.
People who suspect they’re infected should see a doctor or pharmacist, or Newman Hospital’s emergency department for diagnosis and treatment.
If infected, all people living in the home must be treated in the same way whether they have symptoms or not, and clothes, bedding and towels must be washed to ensure mites and eggs are not transferred.