Catalan Police Culturally Enriched With Scabies

An image of a Mossos d’Esquadra patrol.

Many thanks to Pampasnasturtium for translating this article from La Vanguardia:

Union complaint

A Catalan police union requests that areas where foreign minors have been present be disinfected to avoid scabies outbreaks

They demand that “the appropriate orders” be given and advise not to mix work uniforms with daily clothes

The Catalan police union (SME: Sindicato de Mossos d’Esquadra) has required that “the appropriate orders” be given to “disinfect” all areas, vehicles and spaces where Unaccompanied Foreign Minors (MENA: Menores Extranjeros No Acompañados) have been during recent weeks, and that the program against biological hazards such as scabies be applied ex officio.

In a (public) statement the association recalls the conditions that favor the appearance and spread of scabies, and explains the main symptoms.

It also advises not to mix work uniforms with daily clothes, and to wash the former with water at 60ºC (140ºF).

The recommendation arrives after minors with this status recently had to sleep in police stations, both those of the regional and municipal (Guardia Urbana) police forces, due to the situation in which the usual public reception services had collapsed.

[Translator’s note: from an associated report, there have been more than 2,000 of these arrivals in Catalunya since January 1 2018, compared with a total of 1,489 for 2017, and 684 in 2016.]

Catalan police: Mossos d’Esquadra

3 thoughts on “Catalan Police Culturally Enriched With Scabies

  1. Jeez, my dog got scabies, otherwise known as mange, and it was a mess. We had to wash all our clothes in super hot water.

  2. Scabies? Wait till they spread drug-resistant tuberculosis back to Europe, if its not there already.

    • It is; part of the problem dealing with it is that it’s often carried by people living rough, who may not complete the course of drugs, and apparently cannot be detained for long enough to make sure they’re clear. Poor “Typhoid Mary” was incarcerated, which was harsh, but likely saved many lives.

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