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A Scabies Outbreak Caused Almost 16 Schools To Close Down In Makkah

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A number of schools were closed down by the department of education in Makkah earlier in the week

16 schools were closed down, of which 14 schools were for girls and two were for boys. 

The department said that the first detected outbreak of Scabies was at two elementary schools and they have since then closed down all 16 schools for the upcoming week. 

20 boys and girls have contracted Scabies from the schools

Schools were advised by the department to increase the awareness on the importance of cleanliness in order to contain the spread of the skin disease. 

What is Scabies

Scabies is an itchy and highly contagious skin disease that occurs after a bite from an itch mite parasite. 

It’s a very contagious skin disease and can spread through direct skin-to-skin contact. 

Overcrowded classrooms

A concerned parent told Saudi Gazette that some classrooms in schools accommodate more than 50 students and are overcrowded, which may have spread the problem among the students.  

Read: Saudi Arabia Has Just Granted Girls The Right To Participate In Physical Education At School

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