Scabies Alert In Macon County
An increase of scabies cases in Macon County schools prompts a letter to parents to check their children.
Scabies is a contagious skin condition caused by a mite burrowing into the skin, causing itching and a rash.
Clay County has seen an outbreak recently. And while it has not reached that level in Macon County, health officials are sending letters to parents asking them to keep an eye on their children.
"Advising them to be on the lookout for suspicious, prolonged, itchy rashes in their children and to make sure they get medical treatment if they suspect their child has it," said Stan Polanski with the Macon County Public Health Department.
Macon County health officials say scabies can be treated by prescription medication, usually a cream that must be applied to the whole body.
They say if one family member is infected, doctors will often recommend all family members be treated.
By Rex Hodge
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