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.
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.