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South Kitsap High School dealing with scabies concern

The South Kitsap School District reported 15 students have been diagnosed with scabies.

According to Communications Specialist Amy Miller there are currently 26 which have developed a rash and itching type symptoms. Of the 26, nine did not have scabies and one is being evaluated, as of Tuesday afternoon.

South Kitsap High School notified the Public Health Department when three cases were identified as required by health department rules and regulations.

South Kitsap High School officials posted and emailed a letter on its website Oct. 31 to parents following the report of students displaying symptoms of scabies, Miller said. She said the same letter was sent home with students on Nov. 1.

“Communication was sent out as soon as the three diagnosed cases were known in hopes of other students coming forward for identification and referral for treatment,” Miller said.

Miller said the entire high school building was cleaned and disinfected on Oct. 24.

“Custodial staff has increased disinfection and wiped down the common areas throughout the school,” Miller stated in a news release.

Scabies is a severe, itchy skin infestation caused by a mite that burrows in the skin surface.

The first symptom is itching, especially at night. Then little red bumps like tiny bites or pimples appear. Scabies is spread by skin-to-skin contact and the contact may be as brief as holding hands.

Miller said school administrators continue to take normal precautions of washing hands, using disinfecting wipes on equipment used by students, and ensuring basic cleanliness for all colds, flus and infections.

More information and links to the Center for Disease Control are posted on the SKSD website.

 

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