Nursing home scabies outbreak in Erie, PA

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 […]

A case of Norwegian scabies or crusted scabies

This article by Sandra G. Boodman (accessible from describes the unusual case of a doctor (an infectious disease specialist, no less) who had trouble getting his Norwegian scabies diagnosed by doctors.  And yet the fourth dermatologist, Howard Luber, had no trouble identifying the problem. Norwegian scabies, or crusted scabies: The diagnosis was so obvious, […]

Scabies strikes Canadian long-term care facility

The Ottawa SUN reports that five confirmed and two suspected cases of scabies in a long-term care facility meant 137 employees and 55 residents required preventive medical treatment: Five confirmed and two probable cases have been diagnosed in the Foyer du Bonheur at 125 Lionel-Emond Blvd. in the Hull sector. All of the cases are […]

Do I have scabies?


Scabies occurs when the Sarcoptes scabiei mite burrows under your skin. You may be wondering, “Do I have scabies?” This photo shows someone with scabies on a hand: Image credit: “Acarodermatitis Hand“. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons. According to the CDC’s page on scabies, the symptoms are: Pimple-like irritations, burrows or rash […]