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PRO/EDR> Scabies - Iraq: (NI)

SCABIES - IRAQ: (NINEVEH)
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Date: Thu 5 Jul 2018
Source: IraqiNews.com [edited]
<https://www.iraqinews.com/features/scabies-invades-iraqs-mosul-rapidly-growing-health-workers-say/>


Mosul, Iraq's former Islamic State (IS) capital, is witnessing a
growing rate of scabies infections in its western region, medical
workers reported as the city struggles to overcome destruction
resulting from the war against the extremist group. Moamen Shahwani, a
doctor at the health department in Mosul, was quoted by the Iraqi
website Sky Press in a press statement that western Mosul has recorded
150 scabies cases, warning that parasites causing the disease are
spreading in the city.

He attributed the spread of the disease to several factors, most
importantly the return of displaced families to the regions, which are
still scarred by the war against Daesh (IS) and the resulting waste
matter. "Garbage, debris and remains of corpses are almost at every
corner; moreover, there is a shortage in water, electricity and other
essential services," Shahwani said.

The doctor noted that, besides registered cases, there are other
unregistered ones, with infected persons seeking treatment at
outpatient clinics or resorting to herbal medicines. "The disease is
highly dangerous and rapidly progressing, and it is difficult to
contain it in a short period [in] an environment that lacks the
simplest services," he added.

Mosul was IS's capital and base of operations in Iraq. It was from its
Grand Nuri Mosque that IS founder, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, proclaimed
the group's rule. Iraqi forces recaptured the city last July [2017]
after an operation that lasted for more than 8 months. Most of the
city's infrastructure was demolished due to battles, and authorities
continue to extract dead bodies from under the debris.

[Byline: Mohamed Mostafa]

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[Scabies is found worldwide and is an indicator of poor hygienic
conditions, including lack of personal hygiene and clean clothes,
crowded sleeping conditions and inadequate water resources. Thus, it
is not surprising that scabies is found in Mosul under the present
circumstances. More importantly, scabies can be an indicator of
infections transmitted by human lice, like _Borrelia recurrentis_,
_Rickettsia prowazekii_ and _Bartonella quintana_. Thus, those
treating persons with severe febrile illness in Mosul should consider
these infections. - Mod.EP

HealthMap/ProMED-mail map:
Iraq: <http://healthmap.org/promed/p/89>]

[See Also:
Scabies - United States: (CA) migrants:
http://promedmail.org/post/20180702.5885296
Scabies - Kuwait: (KU): http://promedmail.org/post/20180413.5745215
Scabies - Saudi Arabia: (MK):
http://promedmail.org/post/20180406.5728889
Scabies - Spain (02): (CT):
http://promedmail.org/post/20180203.5604420
2017
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Scabies - France: (Paris) migrants:
http://promedmail.org/post/20170616.5109528
2016
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Scabies, varicella - Nigeria: (ED) IDP camp:
http://promedmail.org/post/20160723.4364149
2015
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Scabies - Switzerland: (SG) asylum seekers:
http://promedmail.org/post/20151130.3829354
Scabies - France: (PC) illegal immigrants, skin infections:
http://promedmail.org/post/20150808.3566562]
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