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Student at Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School diagnosed with scabies

Feb. 26, 2016

On Friday morning, 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 an itch mite. These mites burrow under the person’s skin where they live and lay their eggs. The mite is transferred by prolonged skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), quick contact with an infected person, such as a handshake or hug will generally not spread the infection; the contact must be prolonged. Sharing articles of clothing with an infected person such as clothing, towels or bedding may also spread the infestation.
Symptoms of scabies include a rash and intense itching. While it is curable, there is no “over the counter” medication. A physician must diagnose scabies, and then prescribe medication in order to heal the infestation. Multiple rounds of treatment may be necessary. All persons in the home of a person diagnosed with scabies must be treated in order to eradicate the infestation. You may read a list of frequently asked questions about scabies from the CDCP here.
If you have any concerns, or if your child shows any symptoms of scabies, please contact your health care provider.