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FHSU dealing with outbreak of Scabies

April 18, 2013|by John Boyd | KWCH 12 Eyewitness News

(WICHITA, Kan.) — Fort Hays State University is working to contain and treat students after a scabies outbreak. The school confirmed three cases of students with scabies, and they're working to determine if other students are infected.

Scabies is a skin parasite that is usually passed by direct, prolonged skin-to-skin contact with an infested person.

The condition is treatable with a prescription ointment. The school says treatment is being arranged for everyone who might be affected. The school is also taking appropriate steps to clean affected areas and materials, such as clothing, bedding and towels, that can harbor the parasite.

You may remember, Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland had an outbreak of scabies last week and temporarily closed the campus. However, Ellis County Public Health Administrator Butch Schlyer advised Thursday morning that it would be sufficient to treat affected individuals and that it was not necessary to close the FHSU campus.

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Individuals infested with scabies remain infectious for about eight hours after treatment and should not come into direct contact with other people during that period.

Informational meetings for students will be conducted at 7 tonight in the main lobby of Agnew Hall and at 8 in the Red Room at Wiest Hall.

Any FHSU students, faculty or staff who think they might have scabies should contact the Student Health Center or their personal doctor.¿

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