By NewsDesk  @bactiman63 

The number of scabies cases on the island of Mallorca have skyrocketed in 2021 to date with some 9,000 cases recorded to date. This is nearly double the number reported in 2020.

In most cases, residences for the elderly, marginal settlements and shelters are the most affected.

Faced with this situation, the dermatologists of the Balearic Islands advise to act at the first symptoms that appear of a disease.

According to the CDC, typical scabies is a non-life threatening, easily treatable infestation of the skin by the human itch mite. Symptoms of scabies include intense itching and a pimple-like rash. It is usually spread by direct, prolonged, skin-to-skin contact with a person.

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However, in the case of immunocompromised patients, the elderly, the disabled or debilitated, crusted scabies is more easily transmitted through casual contact with the patient or the environment. While the risk of exposure to scabies is of concern, clinically it is described as a nuisance rather than a health concern. It is easily treatable with an ointment or oral medication.

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