Scabies scare at court

The cells at Central Police Station were cleared on Thursday, so too was the No.1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court to make way for thorough cleaning to be done, following a court appearance yesterday by a man suspected to be a scabies sufferer.

The highly contagious disease, which is caused by an infestation of the itch mite Sarcoptes scabiei, usually causes severe itching of the skin and is spread by direct skin-to-skin contact.

Cleaning was carried out around noon today by workers in Hazmat suits.

However, unaware of the prisoner’s health condition,  Magistrate Douglas Frederick reportedly adjudicated his matter yesterday before sending him off to jail.

Sometime after word came that the prisoner was suffering from scabies.

As a precautionary measure, the No.1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court was cleared this morning and prisoners, who are usually housed at Central Police Station, were temporarily transferred to the holding cells at the Supreme Court while the necessary cleaning was carried out around noon today by workers in Hazmat suits.

So far there has been no indication that the disease has been transmitted to anyone in the court or prison system. However, there was concern today among staff in the No.1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court that their work environment may have been compromised.

As such, they waited until Magistrate Graveney Bannister had concluded his sitting in District ‘A’ Traffic Court to conduct their court matters there.

13 Responses to Scabies scare at court

  1. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry October 27, 2017 at 2:10 am


  2. Jan Hold
    Jan Hold October 27, 2017 at 6:05 am


  3. Jonah Banks October 27, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Wow! Scabies in the 21st century!

  4. Russell Margaret
    Russell Margaret October 27, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Why did you still send him up to jail? Human beings are up there Sir.

    • roger headley October 27, 2017 at 8:40 am

      Read again. He found out after he had adjudicated the matter and sent the man to jail. Cheee

  5. Roberta Ford
    Roberta Ford October 27, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Omg terrible

  6. Andrea Jordan
    Andrea Jordan October 27, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Oh rambam

  7. Gillian Skeete
    Gillian Skeete October 27, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Skin to skin is how it spreads so what’s with the green suits and don’t prisoners get checked for scabies as they enter the system??? Cleaning floors won’t stop an infestation of scabies it is skin to skin personal contact only

  8. Milli Watt October 27, 2017 at 9:26 am

    cruel and inhumane punishment………you pick up the media let you know early the Magistrate did not know

  9. gsmiley October 27, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Gillian skin particles become airborne once you scratch your skin.

    You don’t have to actually be touched by an infected person to catch scabies.

    Hence the suits.

  10. Shotta Boss
    Shotta Boss October 27, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Prisoners only get checks when they are sent to Dodds

  11. Belfast October 27, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Things in Barbados in recent times has really gone back to the dark days of the 1930’s/ 40’s and 50’s.
    Big rats, Chinks and now scabies.

  12. F.A.Rudder October 28, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Having a qualified epidermiologist on location is benificial. Seen some cases here in Mew York metropolitan within the past 10 years. Skin barriers ( A+D ointment) and sulfides are essential in blocking the dustmites from laying their eggs into your epidermis, you are used as the incubator for these insects.


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