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Scabies Epidemic In West Darfur

Post by Mazy on Sat Sep 14 2013, 02:44

Scabies Epidemic In West Darfur
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KIREINIK
(12 Sep.2013)

The authorities of West Darfur state have confirmed that in the locality of Kireinik more than 3,000 people suffer from scabies, a phenomenon described to be the first of its kind in the area.

The medical director of the Kireinik hospital, Dr Abd El Aziz Adam Yusuf, revealed that the number of persons infected with scabies has reached 3,130, based on samples taken from the patients for initial tests.

The commissioner of Kireinik locality, Younis El Haj Ibrahim, has acknowledged the increase in scabies infections too. He stressed the inability of the locality to combat the disease, calling on the state government and the federal Ministry of Health to intervene and curb the spread of the disease in the locality and other parts of West Darfur state.

He affirmed that the results of tests conducted by a medical team at the state level confirmed that the skin disease is indeed scabies.
Yet, a number of residents of Kireinik locality told Radio Dabanga that the number of those infected with scabies far exceeds what the government authorities have announced, explaining that the patients have been suffering from the disease for a long time, and reportedly also from ringworm.

They reported that they had notified the authorities since the emergence of the diseases. The authorities however, did not respond to their early complaints.

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‘Scabies In West Darfur Came From Jebel Amer’: Minister
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REPORT
from Radio Dabanga
Published on 13 Sep 2013 —View Original
KIREINIK

Authorities of West Darfur state have announced that the current epidemic of scabies arrived from the Jabel Amer region in North Darfur.

As reported by Radio Dabanga on Thursday, more than 3,000 people in Kireinik locality are infected, according to initial tests.

The Minister of Education and the Acting Governor, Adam Bashir Yahya, confirmed the concentration of the scabies epidemic is found in the areas of Kireinik, Umm Dukhun and Umm Tajok. He warned that if the spreading of this very contagious disease cannot be halted, it may reach the neighbouring Darfur states too.

He added that a large number of people in the Kireinik region have now been vaccinated, in order to prevent the spreading of the disease, and that a committee has been formed to investigate the origins of the disease.

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Re: Scabies Epidemic In West Darfur

Post by it's me on Sat Sep 14 2013, 05:36

Good
One problem that seems near to be solved...

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Re: Scabies Epidemic In West Darfur

Post by Katiedot on Sat Sep 14 2013, 07:19

Man, I had to look this up!

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Scabies (from Latin: scabere, "to scratch") is a contagious skin infection caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei. The mite is a tiny and usually not directly visible parasite which burrows under the host's skin, causing intense allergic itching. The infection in animals other than humans is caused by a different but related mite species, and is called sarcoptic mange.

Scabies is classified by the World Health Organization as a water-related disease.[3] The disease may be transmitted from objects, but is most often transmitted by direct skin-to-skin contact, with a higher risk with prolonged contact. Initial infections require four to six weeks to become symptomatic. Reinfection, however, may manifest symptoms within as few as 24 hours. Because the symptoms are allergic, their delay in onset is often mirrored by a significant delay in relief after the parasites have been eradicated. Crusted scabies, formerly known as Norwegian scabies, is a more severe form of the infection often associated with immunosuppression.

Scabies is one of the three most common skin disorders in children, along with tinea and pyoderma.[17] As of 2010 it affects approximately 100 million people (1.5% of the population) and is equally common in both genders.[28] The mites are distributed around the world and equally infect all ages, races, and socioeconomic classes in different climates.[9] Scabies is more often seen in crowded areas with unhygienic living conditions.[29] Globally as of 2009, an estimated 300 million cases of scabies occur each year, although various parties claim the figure is either over- or underestimated.[6][30] About 1–10% of the global population is estimated to be infected with scabies, but in certain populations, the infection rate may be as high as 50–80%

Scabies is an ancient disease. Archeological evidence from Egypt and the Middle East suggests scabies was present as early as 494 BC.[12][31] The first recorded reference to scabies is believed to be from the Bible (Leviticus, the third book of Moses) circa 1200 BC.[32] Later, in the fourth century BC, the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle reported on "lice" that "escape from little pimples if they are pricked";[33] scholars believe this was actually a reference to scabies.[who?]
Nevertheless, Greek physician Celsus is credited with naming the disease "scabies" and describing its characteristic features.[33] The parasitic etiology of scabies was later documented by the Italian physician Giovanni Cosimo Bonomo (1663–99 AD) in his famous 1687 letter, "Observations concerning the fleshworms of the human body".[33] With this discovery, scabies became one of the first diseases with a known cause.
And this caught my eye:

Gorillas are known to be susceptible to infection via contact with items used by humans

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Re: Scabies Epidemic In West Darfur

Post by melbert on Sat Sep 14 2013, 12:15

ewwwwwwwwwwwwww!

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Re: Scabies Epidemic In West Darfur

Post by Mazy on Sat Sep 14 2013, 14:27

It kinda makes your skin crawl. Poor people that don't have enough suffering.

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