College closes department over scabies concerns

By Sara Bryce

Thursday, February 13, 2014

 

A SUSPECTED outbreak of scabies has led to the temporary closure of the beauty department at Isle of Wight College.

The department was closed as a precaution after four students developed a skin condition, believed to be scabies.

A college spokeswoman said that the department had been closed ahead of next week's half term to allow any potential cases to develop and to give staff a chance to complete health and safety advised cleaning procedures.

A statement issued by the college said: "Given the practical nature of such courses, this cautious policy of closing the department most at risk will prevent the infection spreading between students. The department will re-open again after the half term break.

"Students have received a letter detailing the symptoms of the infection and advised to consult their local GP where necessary."

Reporter: sarab@iwcpmail.co.uk

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