Scabies Outbreak

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A dozen nurses have been treated for scabies at a Putnam County hospital.

A patient who had surgery at C.A.M.C. Teays Valley Hospital in late April was the source of the outbreak.

Charleston Area Medical Center spokesman Dale Witte says officials found out after her surgery that she had scabies.

Doctor Dee Bixler is director of infectious disease epidemiology for the state Bureau for Public Health.

She says no other patients have shown signs of scabies, which is a skin infestation caused by mites that leaves victims itching.

The condition is passed through skin-to-skin contact.

Witte says the infected nurses were sent home and given a prescription skin cream.

Hospital workers disinfected the intensive care unit where the patient was staying.

Witte says the patient remains in the hospital. She now is in a private room.

Workers treating her must wear gloves and coverings for their shoes and hair.

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