Advice on Scabies occurrence

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Advice on Scabies Occurrence

We have been advised of two instances of scabies occurring not long after the March TTC weekend at Leichhardt dojo.  As I understand it, both people have sought diagnosis and treatment and now do not pose a risk to anyone else.

Scabies is an itchy, highly contagious skin disease caused by an infestation by the itch mite Sarcoptes scabiei. Direct skin-to-skin contact is the mode of transmission.

A severe and relentless itch is the predominant symptom of scabies.

Signs and symptoms of scabies include a skin rash composed of small red bumps and blisters that affects specific areas of the body. Other symptoms can include tiny red burrows on the skin and relentless itching. The itch leads to frequent scratching, which may predispose the skin to secondary infections.

Treatment includes oral or topical scabicidal drugs. Over-the-counter remedies are not effective in eliminating scabies.

Handwashing does not remove or reduce the incidence of scabies.

You should all be alert to whether you or someone else who is training may have symptoms and take remedial action.  It is probably best to seek qualified medical practitioner assistance if you think you may have scabies.

At this stage, we do not believe there is a need to stop training, but if more cases come to our attention, we may need to consider appropriate action to contain the spread.  The key to all of this is a sensible and measured response based on all the evidence.

Austin James

Area Representative

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