Officials at the Ministry of Health & Wellness confirmed an assessment exercise surrounding a possible outbreak of scabies at the Harbour Island All Age School in North Eleuthera. The nine (9) children attending the school, displaying symptoms of the infestation have all been treated and cleared. There have been no additional suspected cases identified.
Scabies is highly contagious and is caused by a tiny mite (bug). Symptoms of the disease include intense itching and a rash. The itching is usually worse at night or after a hot bath or shower. The disease is treatable and eradicated through proper hygiene practices.
Health officials assure that the clinic on Harbour Island is equipped with the required medication and health education resources to provide a positive intervention. Further, guidance was provided to school officials on disinfection methods.