Sca­bies cases on the rise in New­man

North West Telegraph - - News - Tay­lar Amonini

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.

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