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Scabies Outbreak Reported at Heard Elementary
Scabies Outbreak Reported at Heard Elementary


School officials notified parents at Lomie Heard Elementary School on Tuesday that several students were diagnosed with scabies.

Principal Kori Deal sent home a letter informing parents that some students are being treated for the tiny itch mites and asking that any parent suspecting their child might have contracted scabies take them for medical care before returning them to school. Deal also wrote that she requested the school be sprayed with pesticides to kill any remaining mites and rescheduled the school’s open house for September 20.

School district officials referred to the outbreak as “minor,” but one Heard parent wrote on the 8 News Now Facebook page that as many as 40 students are being seen for potential scabies symptoms. Susan Johnson also wrote she feels “the lack of common sense in handling this (situation) is ridiculous. School should be canceled and (it should be treated) instead of creating an epidemic that affects the … troops on base.”

The most common symptoms of scabies are itching and a pimple-like skin rash.