Middleburgh parents told to watch out for scabies

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
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— The Middleburgh Central School district is alerting residents that an elementary school student was diagnosed with highly-contagious scabies and other students may have been exposed.

Scabies is a skin disease caused when a scabies mite burrows into the skin and produces pimple-like irritations, according to the website of the New York State Health Department.

It can be transferred by direct skin-to-skin contact and through clothing directly after contact by the infected person.

The district posted a notice on its website stating areas of the skin most affected include between the fingers, around the wrists, elbows, waist, neck and back.

Treatment is typically conducted with a lotion or cream covering the entire body and left overnight and repeated in five to seven days, according to the school district notice.

People concerned their students may be infected should contact their doctor.

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