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 […]

Bird mites and other itchy problems

This Body Odd article begins with Nina Bradica’s bird mites story, and reminds us that bird mites are a rare occurrence. While bird mite infestations in humans are rare, they do happen, says Dr. Richard Zack, associate professor and chair of the department of entomology at Washington State University. The most common infestations occur in […]

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 […]