Tulsa Health Department Encourages Awareness Of Scabies

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Tulsa Health Department officials are encouraging awareness of the skin infestation scabies in light of reported incidents at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa. Scabies is not required to be reported to the health department.

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"We are an educational resource for Saint Francis regarding scabies. We share a common interest in educating their staff, other institutions, and the general public about scabies." commented Tulsa Health Department Director Gary Cox.

Scabies is an infestation of the skin with a microscopic mite. Infestation is common, found worldwide, and affects people of all races and social classes. Scabies spreads rapidly under crowded conditions where there is frequent skin-to-skin contact between people.

The signs and symptoms of scabies are pimple-like irritations, burrows or rash of the skin typically found in the folds of skin such as the webbing between the fingers, the skin folds on the wrist, elbow, or knee, the penis, the breast, or shoulder blades. The skin irritation will cause intense itching. Scabies is treatable with a physician prescribed medicated cream. Itching symptoms may last 2-3 weeks.

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