The Guardian reports a spike in scabies cases in the UK due to a shortage of treatments. The two main treatments, permethrin and malathion, are facing availability issues, which could lead to a public health crisis. In November, the north of England saw a double increase in scabies cases, raising concerns about a potential outbreak. The President of the British Association of Dermatologists emphasized the urgency of addressing the treatment shortage to prevent further spread. Scabies is an itchy rash caused by mites and spreads through close skin contact. Symptoms include a raised rash, intense itching, and can affect the whole body apart from the head and neck. It is important to note that scabies is not related to poor hygiene and can affect anyone.
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