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Columbus police officers treated after contact with scabies

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Sarcoptes scabiei mites in a skin scraping, stained with lactophenol cotton-blue. (Source: DPDx via CDC) Sarcoptes scabiei mites in a skin scraping, stained with lactophenol cotton-blue. (Source: DPDx via CDC)
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Two Columbus police officers came into contact this week with an active case of scabies after arresting two people at an apartment located at 5780 Milgen Road Tuesday evening.

Both of the officers had direct and close contact with the suspects at the scene.

According to a police report, a jail nurse observed a live insect on one of the suspects. The officers were treated with lice shampoo and ointment. Fabric spray was applied to the backseat of their patrol cars. 

The skin infection generally results in a relentless and devastating itch that increases in severity over time.

In addition, to relentless itching, the most common symptom is a pimple-like rash. Scabies mite is usually spread by direct contact with a person who has scabies.

According to the CDC, if a person has never had scabies, symptoms may take as long to 4 to 6 weeks to appear. Health officials note, an infested person can still spread scabies even if he or she does not have the symptoms yet.

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