Mar 4, 2016 4:38 PM
CONCORD - Some patients and healthcare staff in several Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) Manchester clinics and Catholic Medical Center (CMC), may have been exposed to crusted scabies skin disease by a patient
treated at these facilities within the past several months.
According to the CDC, scabies is caused by an infestation of the skin by the human itch mite (Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis), where the microscopic scabies mite burrows into the upper layer of the skin where it lives and lays its eggs. Common symptoms include intense itching and a pimple-like skin rash, where the disease is commonly spread by direct skin-to-skin contact.
Health officials believe that D-H Manchester clinics and CMC have been exposed to crusted-type scabies which is a more severe version of typical scabies because it can be more easily spread, but is typically non-life threatening.
As a precaution, both medical centers - D-H Manchester and CMC, in collaboration with the state's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are preparing a series of preventive treatment clinics which will be held on March 9, 10 and 11 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm in two Manchester locations.
Any patients, staff, family or visitors who may have been exposed to scabies during visits to the facility locations during the dates and times specified below, are encouraged to attend one of the offered treatment clinics. For people exposed at CMC the clinic will be located at 195 McGregor St. in Manchester, and for those exposed at any D-H facility the clinic will be located on the second floor of 100 Hitchcock Way also in Manchester.
Anyone attending a treatment clinic will receive a topical ointment medication to prevent possible development of scabies, where the incubation period of infestation could be a couple months before showing any symptoms. Here are the departments with dates at risk:
-Radiology 12/1/2015 – 12/4/2015
-Laboratory 1/14/2016 – 1/17/2016
- Pulmonology 12/4/2015 – 12/7/2015
- Hematology/Oncology 12/17/2015 – 12/20/2015
- Rheumatology 1/12/2016 – 1/15/2016, 2/29/2016 - 3/2/2016
- 12/14/2015 – 12/17/2015, 2/29/2016 – 3/3/2016
-Laboratory 2/15/2016 – 2/18/2016
-Emergency Department 2/15/2016 – 2/18/2016
- Cardiac Medical Unit (C100) 2/15/2016 – 2/24/2016
-Surgical Unit (E200) 2/21/2016 – 2/27/2016
-Radiology 2/15/16 – 2/18/16
Anyone seen at one of the CMC or D-H Manchester facilities before the listed dates above does not need to get preventive treatment because there is no longer a risk of scabies newly developing. However, individuals who
may have sought care or visited one of the following CMC or D-H healthcare facilities in July, August, or November 2015 should be vigilant for any itchy skin rashes that don’t go away and should seek medical care.
A Public Inquiry Line is available through DHHS to answer questions anyone may have at 271-9461 and will be operational this Saturday and Sunday from 12:00–5:00 pm, and then again March 7 to March 11 from 9:00
a. m. to 6:00 pm.
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