INFECTIOUS DISEASE

Patients at 2 New Hampshire medical centers warned of exposure to scabies

Under a moderate modification, this photomicrograph revealed the histopathologic changes in a human skin sample from the site of a number of scabies burrows, due to an infestation of Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis. Note that the scabies had burrowed into the upper layers of this patient’s skin, into the epidermis, superficial to the stratum basale, also known as the stratum germinativum. CDC.gov

Under a moderate modification, this photomicrograph revealed the histopathologic changes in a human skin sample from the site of a number of scabies burrows, due to an infestation of Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis. Note that the scabies had burrowed into the upper layers of this patient’s skin, into the epidermis, superficial to the stratum basale, also known as the stratum germinativum. CDC.gov

New Hampshire health officials say patients and staff at two Manchester clinics may have been exposed to scabies.

Health officials in Manchester issued the scabies alert on Friday.

A patient was diagnosed and treated for scabies March 2 at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinic in Manchester. The same patient reportedly was treated at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester in February.

Scabies is not a public health threat, but has uncomfortable symptoms that include severe itchiness and a rash.

The Manchester Health Department is preparing preventive treatment clinics from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on March 9, 10 and 11 for anyone who may have been exposed. The clinics will be held at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and CMC in Manchester.

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