confirmed cases of scabies have recently been reported at Walker Hall. The
affected residents have moved out of the dorm, and will not be returning to
Walker Hall until December 1, 2013. This will ensure all common areas will be
disinfected and the residents are fully treated.
Scabies is a condition of very itchy
skin caused by tiny mites that burrow into your skin.
Scabies can affect people of all ages and from all incomes and social
levels. Even people who keep themselves very clean can get scabies.
While we do not anticipate other
students having been affected, please be aware of the signs and symptoms of
appear as small bumps, blisters, or as tiny linear burrows (raised lines) that
resemble lines of scabs.
are often prominent between fingers, on the inside of wrists and elbows, and
under the arms. In infants, the head, neck, palms, and soles may be
is intense, especially at night.
the mite is by prolonged direct skin-to-skin contact or contact with
contaminated articles of bedding or clothing. Mites can burrow beneath the skin
surface in 2 1/2 minutes. The incubation period is between 2 to 6 weeks before
onset of itching in persons without previous exposure. Persons who have been
previously infested develop symptoms 1-4 days after re-exposure.
does not go away on its own. The treatment for scabies is a prescription lotion
or cream which must be obtained from your physician. Treatment of household
members of the infected person is recommended. Bed linens and clothes worn 48
hours prior to symptoms should be laundered in hot water (140 degrees) to
prevent re-infestation. Woolen clothing should be dry-cleaned.
individuals must be excluded from school until 24 hours after treatment.
If you experience
symptoms you should see your physician or enter an emergency room/urgent care
immediately. Limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. If
you begin experiencing any symptoms, please contact a faculty or staff member