June 15, 2017
NGOs working with migrants on the streets of Paris have warned that cases of scabies are on the rise, claiming there are well over a hundred cases so far.
The scabies skin infection is becoming more and more common amongst migrants living on the streets of the French capital. The infection, which is caused by mites and causes scabs and itching on the skin, has been seen 157 times by the reception centre at Porte De Le Chapelle since November 2016, L’Express reports.
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have also confirmed seeing 164 scabies infection cases since the end of December. They blame the squalid conditions in which the migrants live for the rapid spread of the infection.
The reception centre at Porte De Le Chapelle has tried to counter the trend by offering medical services to migrants which include showers, clean clothing, and new bedding, but the infection rate continues to rise.
This article was posted: Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 5:36 am