Red Bluff parents concerned over confirmed scabies case

Jun 10, 2015 9:24 PM by Charlene Cheng

After her daughter came home with scabies several weeks ago, Metteer Elementary School parent Victoria Rosas just wants to get the word out.

"I think the parents should be more aware of whats going on at the school. The school needs to be sanitized. If kids have a rash, people need to be more concerned about it," she said.

A district nurse sent out an informational letter explaining that scabies are a skin infection caused by tiny mites that burrow under the skin.

Red Bluff Union Elementary School District Superintendent William McCoy told Action News Now that he believes it's an isolated incident.

He says the school took all necessary precautions to prevent it from spreading.

But according to the Shasta County Department of Public Health, if the reported incident happened within the last month, it would be too early if the coast is clear.

"If a person has never been infected with scabies, it could take anywhere for two to six weeks for them to start having symptoms. They could be contagious prior to that time," said Cindy Lakmann, a communicable disease nurse with the Shasta County Department of Public Health.

That's why parents are concerned.

"I'm scared of people not knowing they have it and they're spreading it around. It's easy to take care of if you do have it," Alisia Arrison said.

The good news? The infection is not spread by brief contact, like shaking hands.

"It's not easy to get in a classroom environment or a workplace, because it does require skin-to-skin contact, and casual contact doesn't spread scabies," Lakmann said.


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