Netherlands: The number of people with scabies is growing again


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The number of people infected with scabies is increasing again. The peak is at its highest since early December. Currently, 42 out of every 100,000 people suffer from a skin disease, according to reports. Research Institute Neville. There is a staggering number of injuries among children between the ages of zero and four in Overijssel.

At the beginning of December, the number of infections per 100,000 people was 44. “We may still be outpacing that number, but it’s hard to predict,” says Mariette Hoefeld, chief researcher at Nivel. According to Hoefeld, it mainly depends on how carefully patients treat their skin conditions. “We hope that everyone will abide by the strict treatment and follow it exactly.”

The number of people infected with scabies is much higher than last year around the same time. Then it was 17 per 100,000 people. In previous years, the number fluctuated around 10. The latest increase shows something amazing: a significant increase in the number of patients from zero to four years. This is great, because scabies is most common in young people between the ages of 15 and 24.

According to Hoefeld, this increase could be explained by an outbreak of the disease in Overijssel. A young child may have scabies and spread the disease in the nursery. We also see more cases of scabies in adults in that county.

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The number of patients may not be complete. “Since 2008, there has been no obligation to report if you have scabies in the Netherlands,” explains a spokesperson for the National Institute of Mental Health (RIVM). This means that doctors are not obligated to report cases of scabies and to inform contacts of patients. This is only the case with scabies, which is an acute form of the mite.

This makes it difficult to prevent another scabies outbreak. This is one reason the number of people with the skin condition continues to fluctuate.

It is difficult to determine the exact cause of the current increase. Medication shortages and treatment costs may play a role. Although health insurance reimburses the cost of anti-scabies medications, the costs are deducted first from the deductible. That’s a lot of money for some people.

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