Media sources say Iraqi popular forces have released 500 Iraqis held captive by the ISIS terrorists in a basement in al-Jomhouri hospital in the west of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

Most of the prisoners have caught scabies due to the Takfiri terrorists’ deliberate negligence in providing them with the very basic living necessities and facilities.

Previously known as the seven-year itch, scabies is a contagious skin infestation transmitted by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei (also known as the itch mite).

The itch mite is a parasitic arthropod that burrows into skin and causes scabies. It looks like the tick but a lot smaller and can be seen only under a microscope.

Scabies is the most common skin diseases in the world. The most common symptoms of the disease are severe itchiness and a pimple-like rash. The itch is caused by the secretions from the parasite’s body.

Occasionally, tiny burrows may be seen in the skin. When first infected, usually two to six weeks are required before symptoms occur. If a person develops a second infection later in life, symptoms may begin within a day.

Al-Jomhouri hospital was among the medical centres seized by the ISIS. Prior to the Iraqi forces’ recapture of the hospital, the terrorists used to keep the injured in it.