Four cases of scabies have broken out at Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam’s Ghut.
These cases of scabies – which is a contagious skin disease marked by itching and small raised red spots caused by tiny mites – was discovered inside the male section of the local penitentiary last week.
Superintendent of Prison Verne Garde told BVI News on Monday that authorities were able to act swiftly and to contain the outbreak.
“This is an area where correctional services usually plan and prepare for … The problem is no more because the individuals have gotten treatment and we’ve also gone through the proper decontamination process of all the items that were necessary to be discarded.”
He further said the issue was not a matter that medical personnel attached to the prison could not handle.
Garde told BVI News that the occasional outbreak of communicable and infectious diseases is not uncommon in prisons and lockups.
He told BVI News that prison authorities are also seeking to update its policies in relation to infectious disease.
“All of the policies at the facility are currently under review,” the prison boss said.
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