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It seemed to be eliminated – a disease has returned and is rampant in a European country: what is happening?


In Belgium, since the end of last year, more and more cases of scabies, also known as sarcoptic mange, have been reported. We are talking about a disease that has been almost completely eliminated, but which now seems to be making a comeback.

Since the end of last year, Belgium has faced an increasing number of cases of scabies. Scabies is one skin disease due to a small amount of parasites which mainly causes a very annoying rash. That’s why in Latin “scabere” really means “scratch”.

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But in addition to itching, this infection is easily transmitted with one spread very fast. We are talking, however, about a disease that has been almost completely eliminated, but which now seems to have reappeared.

In an article in The Brussels Times, we read that pharmacists in Antwerp have practically from all medicines against gal. In short, we are facing a truly exponential and uncontrolled increase in cases of skin disease. Scientists, in fact, have yet to find an answer to the growing cases of scabies that are putting the Belgian population in crisis, but above all they do not yet know where the infection could have come from and what caused it. Which makes everything very constant at the moment.

Gal: What do we know so far?

“We don’t have a definite answer. It might have something to do with it migration flow or with hygiene, but it could also be due to the fact that students have a close contact again or because the odor (against gal, ed) works less effectively than before. “Dr. Steven Van Den Broucke of the Tropical Institute explains, as always reported by ‘The Brussels Times’

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Van Den Broucke added: “This mite is a difficult animal to investigate.” “Ultimately, it’s also difficult because in fact you have to keep under observation everyone who came in contact with the insect and not just the worst person at the time.” The situation, in this case, becomes complicated because no one antibiogram, which is a test that identifies the most effective antibiotics against infectious diseases such as scabies. But not only that.

Many people, in fact, they are ashamed to say that he had gals, as if it were a kind of stigma that is hard to live with. This attitude, however, is not only counterproductive, because it delays both treatment and prevention time, but it is also wrong.

As Van Den Broucke points out, there is nothing wrong with admitting you are infected. “The gay it can happen to anyone and it reaches every social stratum. It has nothing to do with a lack of hygiene; close contact with an infected person may be sufficient. “

“We have about ten patients a day. However, the supply of drugs – small pills – is declining rapidly. Pharmacies in Antwerp also have problems with inventory, partly due to supply problems “explained the doctor again as reported by ‘The Brussels Times’.

But according to the website of the Belgian Federal Medicines Agency, it should not be one shortage throughout the countryrather than a limited issue in Antwerp.

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