Haiti: Health officials monitoring outbreak of infectious skin disease

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The government of Haiti is closely monitoring what appears to be an outbreak of an infectious skin disease in some parts of the country.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Health, this disease is similar to scabies and has affected residents of several communities in the west of the country for several days, Loop News Caribbean reports.

The Ministry of Health deployed mobile clinics to areas such as La Gonave, Petit-Goâve and Arcahaie to treat those affected.

Meanwhile, the government has given the assurance that they will do everything possible to eradicate the disease.

“An awareness and information campaign for the general public and the affected areas is already underway. It covers personal hygiene, the use of drinking water, laundry and the treatment of infected clothes. Note that unsanitary conditions are fertile ground for skin disease such as scabies,” said a government statement.

Scabies has been described as an itchy skin condition caused by a tiny burrowing mite called Sarcoptes scabiei.

Intense itching occurs in the area where the mite burrows. Scabies is contagious and can spread quickly through close physical contact.