Island Echo received reports earlier today (Wednesday) that students studying beautician courses had been sent home due to the closure after less than a handful of suspected cases of the infection had been identified at the Newport-based college.
Given the practical nature of such courses, where skin-to-skin contact is normal practice, the Isle of Wight College have put in place a cautious policy of closing the department most at risk in a bid to prevent the infection spreading between students.
Scabies is caused by tiny mites which burrow into the skin. The main symptom of scabies is intense itching, which is worse at night. It also causes a skin rash on areas where the mites have burrowed and is caused by long periods of skin-to-skin contact or sexual contact with an infected person, as well as sharing clothing, towels and bedding with someone who is infected.
In a statement given to Island Echo this evening, a spokesperson for the Isle of Wight College said:
“Following less than a handful of suspected cases of Scabies among students, the College has temporarily closed its Beauty Therapy rooms.
“Given the practical nature of such courses, this cautious policy of closing the department most at risk, will prevent the infection spreading between students. The department will re-open again after the half term break.”
Students have received a letter detailing the symptoms of the infection and advised to consult their local GP where necessary. Students have been advised to wash their clothing on a 60c wash.
More information about Scabies can be found at http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Scabies/Pages/Introduction.aspx.