‘Extremely contagious’ skin diseases have been identified in Haiti

The Ministry of Public Health and Population (Haiti) – MSPP has issued a warning to the public about a “highly contagious” skin infection like scabies and found in numerous parts of the country, according to an official statement posted on Thursday.

“The ministry takes this opportunity to advise anyone who presents the following signs and symptoms to go to the nearest health facility: itching and itchy skin lesions, especially at night,” detailed public body, which did not give a specific number of infected.

Similarly, the country’s health authorities have recommended multiple measures to prevent citizens from becoming infected and thus spreading new diseases.

“MSPP encourages you to take the following preventive measures: avoid direct contact with an infected person; Make the bed; Disinfect clothing, sheets, pillows and towels; Take a bath with ventilation and clean water, ”they advised.

According to the Ministry of Public Health, infected people should also avoid scratching their skin, despite their desire to do so, and be careful not to spread the disease and infect others.

Lack of adequate infrastructure, popular neighborhoods and limited access to water are the breeding grounds for the spread of these diseases in a country where, in 2010, 10,000 people died of a cholera outbreak, although socio-political organizations and human rights groups estimate the actual number is three times higher.

In February, the NGO Doctors of the World warned that 4.4 million people, or about 40% of Haiti’s population, needed humanitarian assistance in a country where about half a million people live without running water.

According to the group, the situation has worsened, with a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hitting Hana in August 2021, killing more than 2,000 people and destroying 60,000 buildings.

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