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Scabies outbreak at migrant centre (updated)

File photo: The refugee camp at Kokkinotrimithia (Christos Theodorides)

The cabinet on Tuesday declared the migrant centre in Kokkinotrimithia as an infectious area after a scabies outbreak was detected.

In a brief statement, the government said that the minister of health informed them that a number of the occupants at the Pournara reception centre in Kokkinotrimithia had been infected.

Later in the day, the health ministry said that around 30 people were infected. They had presented itching and rashes, and were given medication and have been isolated.

Scabies occurs in places where many people live together, the health ministry said.

Although the disease is contagious through physical contact or the use of common objects, its transmission can be limited and treatment given in a timely manner as the patient shows physical symptoms, it added.

Scabies is generally spread by skin-to-skin touching but can be caught from sharing clothes, towels, or bedding.

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