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District confirms case of scabies at Rutherford

Dec. 7, 2016

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, district officials were informed that a student at Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School has a confirmed case of scabies.

Scabies is an infestation of the skin by a human itch mite. These mites burrow under the person’s skin where it lives and lays its eggs. The mite is transferred person to person by PROLONGED contact of the skin to another person. Prolonged, meaning, people who sleep together, household members and sometimes people who share towels (athletes), bedding.

Scabies usually is expected when there is a rash and intense itching. It is curable, but you have to get a prescription from your doctor after the doctor gives the diagnosis of scabies. There is no “over-the-counter” medication for this. Sometimes it may take a couple of treatments to totally cure the infestation. All people in the home of a person that has been diagnosed need to be treated.

If you suspect you or your child may have scabies, please contact your doctor and be tested. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Sullivan County Public Health Services at (845) 292-5910 or your primary health care provider.