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Mar 8, 2016 12:51 PM

Manchester Health Department opening clinics to battle scabies after patient treated

MANCHESTER - The Manchester health department has prepared preventive treatment clinics for anyone exposed to scabies.

The clinics will be held at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and CMC in Manchester on March 9-11 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

N.H. health officials suspect some patients were possibly exposed to scabies and infected after a patient with scabies was treated at Dartmouth-Hitchcock on March 2.

That same patient was treated at CMC in February.

These tiny mite parasites spread by skin-to-skin contact with an infected person.

It only takes one mite to spread. The microscopic mites burrow into the upper layer of the skin and cause serious irritation.

It can take up to three weeks before any itching symptoms are noticed.

Although it is not a public health threat, scabies can spread quickly under crowded conditions where close body contact is frequent. Places like nursing homes, extended-care facilities, prisons, sometimes daycare facilities and schools are often sites of outbreaks.

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