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Scabies reported in Phenix City classroom

PHENIX CITY, AL -

The Phenix City School District is working to get a handle on a potentially contagious situation. 

Superintendent Dr. DiChiara says a student in a special education classroom had scabies at Central High School.

Students in that classroom were told to stay home Thursday while crews thoroughly clean the classroom and a bus that was used to transport the special needs students. 

Nurses are making sure the student with the infection does not return to the classroom without being cleared.

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What is scabies?

The following is from the CDC:

 

Human scabies is caused by an infestation of the skin by the human itch mite (Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis). The microscopic scabies mite burrows into the upper layer of the skin where it lives and lays its eggs. The most common symptoms of scabies are intense itching and a pimple-like skin rash. The scabies mite usually is spread by direct, prolonged, skin-to-skin contact with a person who has scabies.

Scabies occurs worldwide and affects people of all races and social classes. Scabies can spread rapidly under crowded conditions where close body contact is frequent. Institutions such as nursing homes, extended-care facilities, and prisons are often sites of scabies outbreaks.

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