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Scabies outbreak at Worcester hospital stamped out

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Several patients and an employee at a Worcester hospital were recently treated for the skin condition scabies.

A spokeswoman for the state Department of Mental Health says two units at the state-run Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital were affected.

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She tells The Telegram & Gazette that those affected were treated with prescription lotion. Employees cleaned and disinfected the units, as well as nearby common areas and spaces.

Scabies is a contagious skin infection caused by microscopic mites which results in intense itching. It can be transmitted through infested clothing or bedding.

The 320-bed recovery center is located at the site of the former Worcester State Hospital.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com

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