Pee Dee school reports isolated case of scabies

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - School officials in Florence County say they're confident students are safe after discovering an isolated case of scabies at Delmae Elementary.

Pam Little-McDaniel, Director of Public Information for Florence School District One, released the following statement:

It has been confirmed that there had been an isolated case of scabies at Delmae Elementary; however, DHEC was consulted, and school officials said they are taking this one case seriously and have activated precautionary measures to maintain the safety of students at the school.

Superintendent of Florence School District One, Dr. Allie Brooks said the student diagnosed with scabies did not attend school Wednesday, but their parents called the school to share the news.

The school called the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and removed all the kids from the classroom the student was in the day before. DHEC recommended that the school cleans the space with chemicals. No other students have been diagnosed at this point, and Dr. Brooks said DHEC told them it was not necessary to close the entire school.

Scabies is a contagious skin infection caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei.

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