Scabies Outbreak

The quarantine for The Oaks at Town Center in Harrisburg, NC has been lifted. The quarantine restricted families from seeing loved ones due to a highly contagious infection. The infection was found to be Scabies.  For those who don’t know, Scabies is a highly contagious infection which is typified by a rash and intense itching. It spreads rapidly by direct skin to skin contact. Due to the close confines, nursing homes are often sites for Scabies outbreaks.

It found its way to the home via a patient discharged to the home from the hospital. The patient had been incorrectly diagnosed as having contact dermatitis. The home followed recommendations from the NC Department of Public Health and contacted all family members to keep them informed.  See article here.

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