The Erie Times-News reports on another nursing home scabies outbreak.
Tiny parasites forced one of Erie County’s largest nursing homes to repeatedly disinfect its Alzheimer’s unit and treat many of its residents.
Fifteen residents of the Gallagher Center of Saint Mary’s Home East developed what physicians believe was scabies, a contagious skin infection caused by skin mites. An unknown number of staff and patients’ family members also developed the condition.
“We never found the organism on any patient, but based on their symptoms, we believe it was scabies,” said Dorothy Candib, M.D., Saint Mary’s Home medical director.
The first case was reported in the spring, though most cases were reported in June and July, Candib said. The original patient was treated by a dermatologist, but other cases followed.
The first case was identified after family members came down with scabies following a visit to their relative in the hospital:
Carla Slomski and several members of her family developed scabies after visiting their father, Thomas Piotrowicz, who was a resident in the Gallagher unit until his death April 30.
Apparently this nursing home scabies outbreak is cleared up now. According to the article, no one currently has scabies in this unit.