Scabies outbreaks triple this year

Scabies outbreaks in Ireland have increased dramatically in 2023, with 26 outbreaks reported compared to just nine in 2022. The rise in cases reflects a trend seen across Europe, particularly among adolescents and young people. While treatments are becoming harder to access, scabies is not a notifiable disease, which means that many cases likely go unreported. It is also believed that there may be a shortage of scabies treatments in local pharmacies. Dr. Scott Walkin advises people to follow treatment instructions carefully and ensure that all household members are treated, as well as anyone who has had close contact with an infested person.

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