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    Posted: June 06 2018 at 6:45am

Scabies outbreak among Dutch students

By Janene Pieters on June 6, 2018 - 12:50

Hundreds of students throughout the Netherlands have been diagnosed with scabies - a condition that causes itching and rashes - over the past months, infection expert Jan van der Have of public health institute GGD Groningen confirmed to NU.nl on Wednesday.

GGDs in Groningen, Leiden, Utrecht and The Hague, among others, observed a remarkable increase in scabies diagnoses. The exact number of cases can not be determined, because scabies is not a serious disease and doctors are therefore not obliged to report it. "The increase can be called striking", Van der Have said to the newspaper. "Scabies is not a disease that fits in 2018.Those who observe basic hygienic rules, like washing your bed linen every week, have nothing to fear."

Hundreds of students throughout the Netherlands have been diagnosed with scabies - a condition that causes itching and rashes - over the past months, infection expert Jan van der Have of public health institute GGD Groningen confirmed to NU.nl on Wednesday.

GGDs in Groningen, Leiden, Utrecht and The Hague, among others, observed a remarkable increase in scabies diagnoses. The exact number of cases can not be determined, because scabies is not a serious disease and doctors are therefore not obliged to report it. "The increase can be called striking", Van der Have said to the newspaper. "Scabies is not a disease that fits in 2018.Those who observe basic hygienic rules, like washing your bed linen every week, have nothing to fear."

Source, photos of disease and video:   https://nltimes.nl/2018/06/06/scabies-outbreak-among-dutch-students

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