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Va. patients may have been exposed to scabies

Friday - 8/30/2013, 8:50am  ET

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Three dozen former patients at a Norfolk hospital have been told they may have been exposed to scabies.

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital informed the former patients they would receive a prescription skin cream as a preventative measure.

Vice president of patient care services Jennifer Burrows tells The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1dvPHwY) a patient with scabies was admitted earlier this month. An employee contracted it from the patient, and eight other workers and another patient also showed signs of scabies and were treated.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, scabies is caused by a microscopic mite that burrows into the skin where it lives and lays its eggs. The most common symptoms are intense itching and a pimple-like rash. The scabies mite spreads by skin-to-skin contact and through clothing, bedding and furniture.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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