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."



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by Keven Ball

17th February 2014, at 11:40:08

No David, that is treatment for scabies as well...

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by David Blackford

16th February 2014, at 10:56:38

PS - I know - not because I've had scabies - but because I once caught ringworm off my cat - but cured in 2 days. Worth remembering if you ever get ringworm - or fly-spray if you get scabies

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by David Blackford

16th February 2014, at 07:56:32

Google it Keven - treatment is insecticide - I think you are referring to ringworm which is treated with athletes foot ointment - tinaderm - I know

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by Keven Ball

15th February 2014, at 19:47:28

The two most widely used treatments for scabies are special lotions or creams. Your doctor, pharmacist or nurse can advice you on which treatment to use.

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by David Blackford

14th February 2014, at 12:59:24

Right James but it is insecticide that is used to kill the mites - just like aphids on my cabbages - but I expect a fungicuide would work anyway.
Fortunately I do not have scabies so I cannot confirm its efficacy.

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by James McAdder

14th February 2014, at 11:44:38

Except that black spot is caused by a fungus and scabies is caused by a mite (not an insect).

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by David Blackford

14th February 2014, at 07:31:15

It is cured with insecticide - Just like black spot on my roses

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by alan naylor

13th February 2014, at 21:03:29

Who s been paddling in the flood water s then????????????????

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by John James

13th February 2014, at 19:17:13

Scabies has nothing to do with personal hygiene you cant wash scabies off. You can get it from personal contact and also clothing and bed\linen.

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by Keven Ball

13th February 2014, at 17:18:19

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