Government alerts new skin disease

National Public Health Institute or NPHIL says it has received alerts of an unknown skin disease from five of Liberia’s 15 counties.

NPHIL’s Director General, Torbor Nyenswah, addressing a news conference on Wednesday named Montserrado, Margibi, Bong, Grand Bassa and Rivercess as counties where he said cases have so far been reported.

Mr. Nyenswah said the 1, 700 cases that were previously reported in Rivercess County have been treated with support from the World Health Organization or WHO.

Mr. Nyenswah also said while health experts are still studying the highly contagious, and fast spreadingdisease, symptoms are similar to SarcoptesScabiei.

Sarcoptesscabiei or the itch mite is a parasitic arthropod that burrows into skin and causes scabies.

Scientists discovered the itch mite in 1687, which marked scabies as the first disease of humans with a known cause.

The disease produces intense, itchy skin rashes when the impregnated female tunnels into the stratum corneum of the skin and deposits eggs in the burrow.

The NPHIL’s Director General has meanwhile said there is no need for panic because the disease has not reached the threshold to be considered an outbreak.

By: David Targbe

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