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Reported scabies cases at RGH

Rochester, N.Y. - Rochester General Hospital is treating thousands of employees and hundreds of patients as a precaution after a small scabies outbreak.

In the last two weeks there have been four confirmed and sixteen suspected cases of scabies at the hospital.

They sent a letter to all patients who were in the hospital at that time alerting them of the outbreak.

In a statement, Rochester General Hospital says they are taking the following precautions to prevent the spread of scabies:

We contacted patients who may have been affected, our clinical staff are wearing gloves and gowns which significantly lowers the chance of transmission, and we will complete preventative treatment of almost 4,000 clinical staff and 500 current patients over the next few days.
Since individuals can have scabies before showing any symptoms, RGH has chosen to initiate this comprehensive treatment approach to eliminate the likelihood of further transmission.

The New York State Department of Health has been working with RGH to investigate the scabies outbreak.

As a precaution on October 31st they contacted all health care facilities in the Western Region, no other outbreaks have been reported.

Symptoms of scabies are intense itching along with rash thats typically in a line.

The areas of the skin most affected by scabies include the webs and sides of the fingers and armpits.

If you have symptoms, you need to see the doctor, typically we use a couple different lotions that are insecticide that would cover from the neck down because they very rarely go from the neck up and you apply it leave it on overnight and that usually takes care of it, said Dr. Edward Lewis. But the itching usually lasts a couple of weeks.

Best way to avoid contracting scabies is avoid contact with someone who is infected.

Scabies is commonly transferred through skin to skin contact. Wash all bedding and clothing thats come in contact with scabies. And most importantly, wash your hands.

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