NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — A scabies outbreak has been reported at a Norfolk nursing home, and the home is now under quarantine.
The quarantine at Heritage of Bel Air is in place until Tuesday, The Norfolk Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/1blmDGF). Until then, families may call their loved ones, but are not allowed to visit.
All residents have been treated with a medicated cream and were showered Friday, Bel Air administrator Jan Zierke said. All residents will remain in their rooms until Tuesday morning, and the nursing home is being disinfected.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says scabies is a skin infection caused by microscopic human itch mites that can travel from person to person. They burrow under the first layer of skin and lay their eggs. Scabies causes intense itching and looks like heat rash.
On a person, scabies mites can live for as long as one to two months. Off a person, scabies mites usually do not survive more than 48-72 hours, according to the CDC.
Gina Uhing, the health director for Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department, said she believes the outbreak is being handled properly.
“It’s common when you have a lot of people living under one roof,” Uhing said. “The incubation is for six weeks, so it can be hard to back track. To identify a source is difficult at best — nearly impossible.”
Information from: Norfolk Daily News, http://www.norfolkdailynews.com