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Three Diagnosed With Scabies At Hillwood High School

Three Diagnosed With Scabies At Hillwood High School

CREATED Dec 2, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – At least three people have been diagnosed with scabies at Hillwood High School.

The two teachers and one student all contracted the skin infection, Metro Nashville Public Schools officials said Monday. It was unclear when they were last at the school, but the classrooms where they had been recently were inspected over the weekend.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, scabies is an infestation of the skin by the human itch mite. The most common symptoms are intense itching and a pimple-like skin rash.

The scabies mite usually is spread by direct, prolonged, skin-to-skin contact with a person who has scabies. For those who haven't had it before, symptoms may take up to 4-6 weeks to begin, but it can still be spread even without symptoms.

For more information, go to the CDC's website.