Scabies infection has affected 25000 people in The Eastern District of Kampala, Uganda.

Written by on September 22, 2022

Health authorities have said outbreak of scabies infection has hit Eastern Uganda, adding that the skin condition has affected about 25,000 people in the Eastern district near the capital, Kampala.

Scabies is an infestation of tiny mites in the skin. It is contagious between people.

Head of health services in Pallisa district, Geoffrey Mulekwa, told the BBC that those affected were from fishing villages in Kasodo and Oloki areas.

Locals first alerted officials to the outbreak two months ago after noticing several cases of a severe skin condition that causes itching and rashes.

Officials blame communal practises like bathing in the lake for the rising infections where there is poor hygiene.

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