The Nigerian students who are currently being accommodated at the Casa Grande Hotel, at Oldbury in St Philip have neither been isolated nor quarantined.
This assurance today from Chief Medical Officer Dr Joy St John, who confirmed that one of the students presented with a case of scabies on January 9, and was receiving the requisite treatment.
“All of the other students have been examined by medical personnel from the Ministry of Health and have been cleared,” the official said in a release issued by the Government Information Service (GIS) today.
According the health official, scabies, a fairly common infestation of the skin, caused by a mite, is not classified as a highly infectious disease and there was therefore no need for either isolation or quarantine of persons.
She explained that isolation occurred with patients exhibiting signs of an infectious disease and who were under treatment. Quarantine was also employed for any individual who had been exposed to a highly infectious disease, but was not exhibiting any symptoms.
“Neither isolation nor quarantine is required under the current circumstances,” stressed Dr St John.
Scabies is normally transmitted by direct skin to skin contact. Indirect transfer from garments or bedding can occur only when these items have been in contact with an infected person. The incubation period is two to six week after exposure to an infected person. The mites are easily destroyed by the laundering and sanitizing of infected items, as well as the application of a cream to the skin.
Meanwhile, the assurance has been given by the Prime Minister’s Office that Government, through its various agencies, will continue to work towards a speedy resolution of other non-health issues being encountered by the visiting students. (BGIS)