The Queen’s Coldstream Guards, who guard The Queen at her Royal Residences, have been reported to have contracted the skin disease scabies.
The guards, who live near Windsor Castle at Victoria Barracks, are said to have contracted the disease when on exercise in Germany.
Royal sources have insisted that the guards don’t come into contact with the Royal Family and thus couldn’t have affected them.
“All this is pretty embarrassing for us, and the other Guards regiments are having a great laugh. Beds have been stripped, clothes lockers emptied and offices fumigated. In all my years in the Guards Division I haven’t heard of anything like this,” said one guardsman.
The Daily Mail says, “Last night, Buckingham Palace declined to comment but an MoD spokesman said: ‘A small number of cases of scabies have been identified at Victoria Barracks'”.
Scabies is a contagious, extremely itchy, skin disorder that leads to a rash. It is caused by an infestation with a parasite – the scabies mite. The mite lives on the skin and burrows into it. Scabies is spread to others through close skin-to-skin contact. It is easily treated with an insecticide lotion applied to the skin. Two applications of treatment are needed, one week apart.
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