Staff at Brewer Rehab and Living Center, a Maine nursing home, have been afflicted with an outbreak of scabies. The outbreak was reported to the Maine Center for Disease Prevention where officials rendered advice on treat patients and staff with the mite.
Scabies is a very small mite that causes allergic reaction-type problems when it burrows beneath the skin. Common reactions to the scabies mite include: severe scratching, rashes, skin discoloration, and other skin irritations.
Scabies is spread through person-to-person contact as well as through contact with clothing and linens that were not sanitized. In order to prevent the spread of the mites, experts suggest using specialized soaps and shampoos as well as cleaning clothes and lines with hot, soapy water.
Brewer nursing home hit by scabies, Bangor Daily News
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